Implementing the UN CRPD: United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

This UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is the main instrument for providing basic human rights to persons with disabilities worldwide. While the CRPD is an international instrument, its success in making a difference in the lives of a billion people rests with its implementation taking place at the national (country) level.

As a leading international organization representing persons who are blind and partially sighted, we work to help members engage their governments to implement all aspects of the CRPD. We have both an FAQ sheet: UNCRPD general-WBU FAQ sheet and a toolkit: CRPD Toolkit (Mar 2012) to assist members to work with their national and local government agencies in order to implement the various aspects of this convention. As more documents become available, we will add these to our website.

The WBU continues to work closely with other International Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (DPOs) through the International Disability Alliance (IDA), monitoring CRPD progress and sharing successes and concerns with the UN bodies tasked with monitoring the use of the convention in all countries that have ratified the CRPD. We also campaign for disability rights to be a crucial part of the Post 2015 UN development plans to ensure persons with disabilities are not left out of important goals such as universal education and health care.

Members who want to learn more about how they can work with their local government to assist in implementing the CRPD, can contact the WBU office at and we will support them with any CRPD concerns they may have.

The CRPD can be accessed directly on the United Nations website

Also see more CRPD resources here and on the IDA website

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