Fourth session of the Conference of States Parties (7 to 9 September 2011, UN Headquarters New York)

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The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted by the General Assembly by its resolution 61/106 of 13 December 2006. It came into force on 3 May 2008 upon the 20th ratification. Article 40 of the Convention stipulates that “The States Parties shall meet regularly in a Conference of States Parties in order to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the present Convention.” Since 2008, three sessions of the Conference of States Parties have been held at  United Nations Headquarters, New York.

The theme of the fourth session is“ Enabling Development, Realizing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”. The following are the sub-themes of the Conference: “Realizing the Convention through International Cooperation”, “ Political and Civil Participation” and “ Work and Employment”.


  • President: Sweden
  • Vice-Presidents: Hungary, Jamaica, Sierra Leone and Thailand


Official Documentation

Conference Room Papers (CRP):

Additional documentation


Press releases


Webcast archive:

Civil Society Forum (6 September)

3.00 to 6.00 p.m.: Civil Society Forum: Chaired by the International Disability Alliance with the support of UN DESA (This event is open to all Conference attendees)


10.00 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Informal discussion by NGOs and DPOs on the implementation of the CRPD

7 September

Opening of the Conference and High-level Segment (10.00 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Chair: Bureau (Sweden) 



Round Table 1. Realizing the CRPD through international cooperation (3 to 6 p.m.)

Chair: Bureau (Thailand)



8 September

Round Table 2. Ensuring effective and full participation in political and public life (10.00 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Co-chairs: Bureau (Sierra Leone)



 Informal Session: Realizing the right to work and employment (3 to 6 p.m.)

Co-chairs: (Hungary and IDA)


9 September: Conference of States Parties

Interactive dialogue on the implementation of the Convention and Closing of the meeting (10.00 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Chair: Bureau (Sweden)



National Human Rights Institutions (CART transcript)

Chair of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Summaries of panels:

Other matters:

Closing of the Conference:


Media Participation

Media organizations wishing to attend or cover the Conference of States Parties should contact the United Nations Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit. Accreditation is a requirement for all journalists who wish to cover activities at the United Nations in New York.

Post-Conference Survey

The Secretariat would appreciate feedback and suggestions from Conference attendees (only) with a view to facilitate a more inclusive Conference that promotes information exchange and interaction between all stakeholders to further the implementation of the Convention. This Post-Conference survey would help us improve the facilities and services at UN Headquarters, as well as develop the preparatory processes to conduct side-events at the Conference. Click on this link to go to the Survey. If you have any trouble accessing the Survey, please download and use this MS Word version and return via email to