Report on the right of persons with disabilities to social protection

Published:17 August 2015
Author:Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities
Presented:To the GA at its 70th session, 27 October 2015
Link: A/70/297 | Easy-to-read


Social protection constitutes an essential condition for social and economic development for all. Effective national social protection systems can contribute to building inclusive societies and social cohesion by protecting individuals from social risk and deprivation. They are not only a powerful instrument for providing income security and reducing poverty and inequality, but play an important role in enhancing human potential, enabling individuals to access food, health care, education, employment and financial means. While there is no internationally agreed definition of social protection, the term is most commonly used to refer to a variety of public and private interventions aimed at securing the well-being of a person in the event of social risk and need, such as (a) lack of work-related income, (b) unaffordable access to health care and (c) insufficient family and child support.

In this report, the Special Rapporteur provides guidance to States and other actors on the requirements to establish disability-inclusive social protection systems that promote active citizenship, social inclusion and community participation of persons with disabilities, in conformity with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, while acknowledging the existing difficulties in implementation.

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