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COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

General discussion on the right of persons with disabilities to work and employment

On the occasion of its 24th session, to be held in virtually from 8 to 26 March 2021, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will hold a general discussion on the right of persons with disabilities to work and employment. The general discussion is organized by OHCHR.

The purpose of the general discussion is to prepare the elaboration by the Committee of a General Comment on the right of persons with disabilities to work and employment. The aim of the general comment will be to provide guidance to States parties to the Convention on the measures they should adopt to ensure full compliance with their obligations to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of persons with disabilities with regard to article 27 of the Convention.

Date and Venue

The general discussion will take place online on:

- Monday, 22 March 2021 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m (GVA time), topic: The Challenges in the implementation of Article 27; and

- Wednesday, 24 March 2021 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m (GVA time), topic: Best practices and recommendations on the right to work and employment for persons with disabilities.

Participation

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities invites States parties to the CRPD Convention, United Nations entities and specialized agencies, other United Nations human rights mechanisms, non-governmental organizations, organizations of persons with disabilities, and other interested stakeholders to participate in the general discussion and to provide written submissions. 

Written submissions

Written submissions on the theme of the general discussion should be sent electronically in Word format to Ms. Janna Iskakova (email: jiskakova@ohchr.org) and Ms. Margherita Stevoli (email: mstevoli@ohchr.org) indicating "CRPDGeneral discussion on art.27" in the subject and, in the body of the message, whether the submission may be published on the CRPD website on this GeneralComment. Submissions must not exceed 10 pages and must be received by 15 March 2021 at the latest. Written contributions will not be translated and should, therefore, be submitted in English, French or Spanish, which are the working languages of the Committee.

Oral Interventions

During the general discussion, time will be allocated for oral statements.  Representatives of States parties to the Convention, United Nations entities and specialized agencies, non-governmental organizations, organizations of persons with disabilities, and other interested stakeholders wishing to make a statement must indicate their intention to do so (indicating the date and the topic of the segment) and must send their statements electronically in Word format to Ms. Janna Iskakova (email: jiskakova@ohchr.org) and Ms. Margherita Stevoli (email: mstevoli@ohchr.org) by 15 March 2021 at the latest. Statements must not exceed 3 minutes. The Committee will try to accommodate all requests for an oral intervention. However, it cannot guarantee that all stakeholders who wish to take the floor will be able to do so due to time constraints and depending upon the number of requests received. The Committee reserves the right to organize the list of speakers at its discretion.  

Further information

For further information on the general discussion, kindly contact the Secretariat of the Committee by e-mail at: jiskakova@ohchr.org and mstevoli@ohchr.org

Documentation

Day 1 Monday, 22 March 2021

  • Keynote speaker – Mr Gerard Quinn, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Keynote speaker – Mr Stefan Tromel, Senior Disability Advisor, International Labour Organization

Oral Statements :

  1. Government of Italy
  2. UN Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members
  3. National Public Defender (Ombudsman) of Georgia
  4. Comité español de representantes de personas con discapacidad (CERMI)
  5. Mental Health Europe
  6. Women Enabled International
  7. Inclusion International
  8. European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities
  9. ILGA World
  10. ACTAS (Asociación Catalana de Empleo con Apoyo)
  11. Fundación Chilena para la Discapacidad
  12. Redesfera Latinoamericana de la Diversidad Psicosocial
  13. Lawyers for a Democratic Society in South Korea
  14. Familias y Retos Extraordinarios
  15. Inclusion Ireland
  16. Maat for peace, development and human rights
  17. Sexual Rights Initiative
  18. Amit Anand
  19. Luis Gerardo Arroyo Lynn

Day 2 Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Oral Statements:

  1. Minister for Inclusion and Social Wellbeing of the Republic of Malta 
  2. Permanent Mission of Israel
  3. Permanent Mission of Switzerland
  4. National Human Right Institution of Peru
  5. Social Group ONCE
  6. Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry
  7. European Disability Forum
  8. CERMI Mujeres Foundation
  9. European Confederation of Inclusive Enterprises
  10. Federal Association of Inclusive Enterprises in Germany
  11. Spanish Council for Defense of Discrimination and Dependency (CEDDD)
  12. Info RIADIS
  13. Equal Rights Trust
  14. Dincat
  15. International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations
  16. Inclusion Ireland
  17. Korean Disability Forum
  18. PARIVAAR India
  19. University of la Frontera Temuco Chile
  20. Instituto Jô Clemente
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