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EU and OHCHR project Bridging the Gap I

Human Rights indicators for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in support of a disability inclusive 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


Consultation on human rights indicators

Bridging the Gap I is designed to provide tools and guidance, which will serve to strengthen implementation, monitoring and reporting on the rights of persons with disabilities with a view to linking and ensuring mutual reinforcement of the CRPD and the SDGs (for further information on the project and all tools please click here). As the tools are developed and advanced they will continue to be periodically released for testing and feedback.

One of the tools being developed within Bridging the Gap I are human rights based indicators of the CRPD. The human rights indicators are being proposed as quantitative and qualitative measures of progress in the implementation of the CRPD and have been developed in line with OHCHR’s methodology on human rights indicators. For in depth information on the methodology, please consult the Human Rights Indicators: A Guide to Measurement and Implementation.

The drafts of human rights indicators posted here have been developed through consultation with a range of stakeholders including human rights experts, such as the CRPD Committee, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with disabilities, UN agencies, organisations of persons with disabilities and civil society, academics, NHRIs, statistics offices, and others. The consultations also included a range of actors from a sample of five countries, i.e. Moldova, Nepal, Paraguay, Jordan and Ethiopia.

Draft indicators are available on the following CRPD provisions:

Draft indicators for the remaining CRPD articles will be posted here by the end of June/early July.  Please consult this page periodically to access the other drafts for your testing and feedback.

We would be grateful for your feedback on all draft indicators and would also encourage your input following their practical use and testing as this will allow us to further strengthen and revise the indicators prior to their finalization (foreseen in Fall 2019). Feedback may be provided in tracked changes to the document itself, or can be provided cursively in reference to the specific article and indicator numbers. We welcome all feedback and any questions to be sent via email to  disability@ohchr.org at your earliest convenience and no later than 2 August 2019.

We would kindly ask you to review the indicators and cater your comments and suggestions in light of but not limited to the questions below:

  • Are the indicators clear?
  • Are they appropriate?
  • Are they at the proper level of detail?
  • Are they sufficient for the purposes of capturing the main elements of implementation of the CRPD provision?

Furthermore, in order to guide your understanding, a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been developed to explain the scope and use of the indicators.

We would like to give a special thank you to our UNV translators, Lucia Alvarez, Laura González Rozo, Nahuel Martino and Luisa Merchán, who have contributed invaluably to the project by translating the indicators from English to Spanish.