IDPP Delegation Rapporteurs, Offers Virtual Briefing at COSP-6
An IDPP delegation attended for the third year in a row the annual Conference of States Parties to the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at the UN in New York City from 16-19 July 2013. Three IDPP staff persons, including a current American University graduate student and two alumnae, served as official rapporteurs to the CRPD Secretariat during the conference. The IDPP also hosted a live, virtual briefing about the event from the UN on 17 July at 9:00am U.S. EST, which was open to anyone around the world.
The delegation consisted of IDPP/COTELCO Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn; Assistant Director of Communication Ms. Maya Aguilar; Program Coordinator Ms. Kerry Honeycutt; and Research Associate Mr. Serge Okogo.
The theme of the Sixth Conference of States Parties (COSP-6) to the CRPD was Ensuring adequate standard of living: empowerment and participation of persons with disabilities within the framework of the CRPD. The CRPD mandates that “States Parties shall meet regularly in a Conference of States Parties in order to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the present Convention.”
COSP-6 began on 16 July with a civil society forum, followed by three days of the Conference of States Parties, composed of general debates, rountables, interactive dialogues and informal panels regarding implementation of the CRPD across the globe by attending delegates of countries.
The CRPD is the fastest-growing human rights treaty in history and the first human rights treaty of the 21st century. 132 countries have ratified the CRPD, including nine countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region. 155 countries have signed the Convention, including the United States, since it opened for signature on 30 March 2007. The CRPD is designed to protect the rights and freedoms of persons with disabilities, and ensures inclusion for persons with disabilities within society. The Convention also marks a significant paradigm shift from a health-based approach to disability and inclusion to a human rights-based approach.