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2006: Adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the UN (UN CRPD)

2006: Adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the UN (UN CRPD)

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) was adopted on 13 December 2006 and was opened for signature on 30 March 2007.

It is the first comprehensive human rights treaty of the 21st century and is the first human rights convention to be open for signature by regional organizations. The Convention entered into force on 3 May 2008.

The Convention is a benchmark document that works to ensure the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms by persons with disabilities. Together with other international human rights and development instruments, a comprehensive international framework is established to guide national policy-making and legislation, including international cooperation, for building an inclusive society, and fostering disability-inclusive development.

At the international level these instruments promote and support disability- inclusive policies and practices. At the national level, they require harmonization of national legislation, policies and programmes in line with these international norms and standards.

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