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COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Call for submissions: Day of General Discussion (DGD) on the right of persons with disabilities to live independently and be included in the community, to be held on 19 April 2016, (Conference room XIX, Palais des Nations), Geneva


1. Accreditation for the Day of General Discussion (19 April 2016)

Accreditation requests need to be sent to Ms Adele Quist (aquist@ohchr.org) copying  Mr Robert Ouko (rouko@ohchr.org).

NB: Note that if you are already accredited for the CRPD 15th Session, you do not need to send another request but can use the same badge for the Day of General Discussion at the Palais des Nations (on 19th April).

2. Participation:

For participants from the floor willing to make oral interventions during the Day of General Discussion in any of the panels, kindly register at the entrance of the Conference Room XIX, Palais des Nations from 9h00-9h45. There will be a table immediately at the entrance of the Conference Room to serve this purpose.

Speaking slots will be allocated on the same date, before the beginning of each panel.

3. CRPD 10th Anniversary Celebrations (19 April 2016) at Conf Room XIX at the Palais des Nations (from 10h00-11h00):

CRPD will hold its 10th Anniversary Celebrations at the Palais des Nations, Conference Room XIX on 19 April 2016 from 10h00-11h00.

Below you will find the programme for the CRPD 10th Anniversary Celebrations and also for the Programme for the Day of General Discussion.

Programme for the CRPD 10th Anniversary Celebrations: Palais des Nations, Conference Room XIX from 10h00-11h00

Programme for the Day of General Discussion: Palais des Nations, Conference Room XIX from 11h00-18h00.

1. The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was established in 2009 to monitor the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by States parties. The Committee examines reports submitted periodically by States parties on their implementation of the rights enshrined in the Convention, makes recommendations to State parties concerned, and considers individual complaints about alleged violations of the rights enshrined in the Convention. The Committee, at its fourteenth session in August-September 2015, decided to devote one day of its fifteenth session to a general discussion on the right of persons with disabilities to live independently and be included in the community (article 19 of the Convention) to be held on 19 April 2016.

2. In 2014 the Committee decided to prepare a draft General Comment on article 19 of the Convention. The Committee considered that it was important to clarify the content of this article given that in its consideration of States parties’ reports, the Committee has identified implementation gaps and, to a certain extent, misconceptions about the right of persons with disabilities to choose their place of residence and where and with whom to live; the right of persons with disabilities to in-home, residential and community support services; and the right to community services and facilities available on an equal basis with the general population and which are responsive to the needs of persons with disabilities. The inputs and outcome of the DGD will feed into the drafting process of the Committee’s General Comment on article 19.

3. The work of the Committee is in line with initiatives taken by other human rights mechanisms. In its resolution 25/20, the Human Rights Council requested the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to prepare a study on the right to live independently and to be included in the community, in consultation with States and other relevant stakeholders, regional organizations, the Special Rapporteur on Disability of the Commission for Social Development, civil society organizations, including organizations of persons with disabilities, and national human rights institutions. The study was adopted at the twenty-eighth session of the Council in December 2015 (A/HRC/28/37).

4. The Committee encourages States parties to the Convention, organizations of persons with disabilities, civil society organizations, National Human Rights Institutions, independent monitoring mechanisms, United Nations agencies and all other interested stakeholders to make written contributions to the day of general discussion. Submissions should be as concise as possible (no more than 5 pages); clearly identify the sub-paragraph of article 19 that they address; and should include a one paragraph summary of the content of the submission. Submissions are welcome in the Committee's working languages ​​( English, Spanish or French. All submissions should be sent to the following address in WORD format no later than 29 February 2016: jaraya@ohchr.org. Submissions will subsequently be posted on a webpage dedicated to the day of general discussion on the right of persons with disabilities to live independently and be included in the community

5. Oral Interventions:

Time will be allocated for oral interventions from the floor. A speakers' list will open at 9:15 am with the Committee Secretariat for participants wishing to take the floor. Although the Committee will try to accommodate all requests to make an oral intervention, it cannot guarantee that all speakers will be able to do so, given the time constraints and the expected number of such requests. The Committee also reserves the right to organize the list of speakers.

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