9th session of the Conference of States Parties – June 14-16

The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) will attend the 9th Session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). COSP runs from  June  14th to 16th, 2016 and will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Significantly, 2016 will mark ten years since the United Nations’ adoption of the CRPD.

Flags in front of UN HeadquartersThe theme of this year’s session is “Implementing the 2030 development agenda for all persons with disabilities: Leaving no one behind”. The sub-themes are:

  • Eliminating poverty and inequality for all persons with disabilities;
  • Promoting the rights of persons with mental and intellectual disabilities;
  • Enhancing accessibility to information and technology and inclusive development; and
  • Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the CRPD.

This year’s Opening session will be held in the General Assembly Hall. The provisional agenda, program and documents, including the revised background paper “Promoting the rights of persons with mental and intellectual disabilities”, are posted on the UN Enable website. This year, there will be over 70 side-events organized by Governments, UN agencies, civil society organizations and other stakeholders.

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