The first comprehensive human rights treaty of the 21st century, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) stands as one of the most quickly ratified human rights treaties in history. Globally, according to the United Nations (UN), approximately four billion people are affected by disability policy — including one billion persons with disabilities, one billion who are aging and at high risk of developing a disability, and two billion close family members and caregivers. But, in the 12 years since its adoption in 2006, have countries taken critical steps to realize the transformative promise of the CRPD and guarantee equal rights to all persons with disabilities?
This will be a key question at this week’s 12th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, the annual gathering for the 177 countries that have ratified the CRPD, which has become the largest and most diverse international disability meeting in the world.
On June 12 at the UN in New York City, the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health’s WORLD Policy Analysis Center (WORLD) will release the first comprehensive look at laws governing rights to nondiscrimination, inclusion and reasonable accommodations at school and work for all 193 UN member states. These rights are fundamental to fulfilling national commitments to the CRPD as well as other global commitments to education, dignified work and nondiscrimination.
Yet, the WORLD report finds that while many countries have taken important steps to align national laws with the CRPD, others have not yet gone far enough in enacting legislative and constitutional protections in critical areas…Friday Letter Submission, Publish on June 14