First dialogue of the EU with the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

August 19, 2015

Physically-Handicapped-960x408For the first time the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is reviewing how the EU has been implementing its obligations as a party to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This Convention is the first international legally binding instrument setting minimum standards for a range of civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights for people with disabilities around the world. It is also the first human rights convention to which the EU is a party.

Parties to it need to periodically inform the UN Committee about the measures taken to implement it.

On 27 -28 August the EU and the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will discuss how the EU has been implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. During the dialogue meeting, the UN Committee – composed of 18 independent experts from different parts of the world – will engage in question and answer sessions with the EU delegation led by DG Michel Servoz.

Representative of Member States will also join the EU delegation as observers. On 3 September, the Committee will issue its concluding observations and make recommendations for follow-up.