Disability Convention to Focus on Expanding Social Protection
Improving living standards and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities was the focus of attention when the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) convened in New York from 17 to 19 July. The 132 States parties to the Convention looked at ways to build “disability-inclusive” development by improving social protection for everyone and reducing poverty. Civil society organizations, which played a major role in support of the Convention’s adoption, participated in the Conference. They held a civil society forum on 16 July to take stock of the process of including persons with disabilities in all aspects of a post-2015 development agenda. The United Nations states that about 80 per cent of the more than 1 billion people with disabilities around the world are of working age, and face physical, social, economic and cultural challenges in gaining access to education, skills development and employment. The meeting took place two months before the UN General Assembly convenes a High-level Meeting on Disability and Development on 23 September.

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