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Call for submissions: Day of General Discussion (DGD) on the right to education for persons with disabilities, to be held on 15 April 2015, at Palais des Nations, Geneva

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 the State party concerned and considers individual complaints about alleged violations of the rights provided for in the Convention. The Committee, at its twelfth session in September 2014, decided to devote one day of its 13th session to a general discussion on the right to education for persons with disabilities to be held on 15 April 2015.

2. This decision stems from the Committee’s review of the national reports submitted since the beginning of its work and the information pertaining to the implementation of the right to education for persons with disabilities contained in those reports. In its Concluding Observations, the Committee has expressed its concern that the exclusion in education on the basis of disability experienced by children and adults with disabilities not only constitutes discrimination, but also hinders their meaningful participation on an equal basis with others in all spheres of life. The Committee has highlighted the importance of the right to education as a cross-cutting theme and of including a human rights approach when developing the national plans for persons with disabilities. Further, the Committee has also emphasized that reasonable accommodation is an immediate obligation to enable participation. 

3. The work of the Committee is in line with initiatives taken by other human rights mechanisms. In its resolution 22/3, the Human Rights Council requested the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to prepare a study on the right of persons with disabilities to education, in consultation with States and other relevant stakeholders, including the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, regional organizations, the Special Rapporteur on Disabilities of the Commission for Social Development, civil society organizations, including organizations of persons with disabilities, and national human rights institutions. The report was adopted at the twenty-fifth session of the Council in December 2013 (A/HRC/25/29).

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 10 pages) and be sent to the following address in WORD format no later than 20 March They should include a summary (one paragraph) of the content of the submission. Submissions will subsequently be posted on a webpage dedicated to the day of general discussion on the right to education for persons with disabilities.

5. Oral Interventions:

Time will be allocated for oral interventions from the floor on the right to education in the context of article 24 of the Convention.

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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