The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted by the General Assembly by its resolution 61/106 of 13 December 2006. It came into force on 3 May 2008 upon the 20th ratification. Article 40 of the Convention stipulates that “The 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.” Since 2008, ten sessions of the Conference of States Parties have been held at United Nations Headquarters, New York.

The 11th session, per decided by States Parties at the 10th session of the Conference of States Parties on 15 June 2017,  will be scheduled to take place at the United Nations Headquarters, New York,  from 12 to 14 June 2018.

The session will expect to feature among other agenda items an election of 9 members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Overarching Theme

“Leaving no one behind through the full implementation of the CRPD”

Sub-themes: 1. National fiscal space, public-private partnerships and international cooperation for strengthening the implementation of the CRPD 2. Women and girls with disabilities 3. Political participation and equal recognition before the law Cross-cutting theme: Promoting high-quality disability statistics and disaggregation of data by disability status for the full realization of the rights of persons with disabilities Tentative programme of work


President: Bulgaria (Eastern European Group) Vice-Presidents: Tunisia (African Group), Sri Lanka (Asia-Pacific Group), Ecuador (Latin American and Caribbean Group) and Germany (Western European and Others Group)

Informal Briefings

The bureau, with the support of the secretariat, will organize the following Informal Briefings on the preparation of the 11th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD: 1. Update: Informal briefing to States Parties ( Trusteeship Council, May 16, 2018 , from 10 to 11.30 p.m)  Announcement 2. Informal briefing to civil society ( Conference Room 9, May 17, 2018 , from 1.15 to 2.30 p.m) Announcement


Election of the Members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

General debate

Civil Society Participation

New: Inscribe to the list of Speakers at the General Debate and make a request to intervene at the Round table discussions during the Conference OPEN (Deadline 4 June 2018) Note: Civil society organizations accredited to the Conference of States Parties or with ECOSOC consultative status need to register up to five representatives online prior to 28 May 2018.

Participation of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs)


The United Nations Secretariat is committed to promote accessibility and provisions of reasonable accommodation within the UN system.

The Accessibility Centre at UN Headquarters provides equipment and services to delegates and NGO participants at the Conference. Devices can be borrowed by submitting a valid Photo ID and are for use on UN premises only.

The Accessibility Centre will extend its opening hours during the COSP11 as follows: 11 June, 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. 12 June: 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. 13 June: 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. 14 June: 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Queries? The products and services available include:

The Accessibility Center opens at 8:00 a.m. and devices are loaned daily on a first come, first served basis. Devices are in limited quantity and must be signed for and returned on the same day no later than 5:00 p.m.

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