Delegation of the European Union to the
UN and other international organisations in Geneva

Side Event: Leave no one behind - The Key Role of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (26 February, 12 - 13:30h)

22/02/2019 - 10:00
Conferences & conventions

26 February

12 - 13:30h

Room XXIII, Palais des Nations

An estimated 1 billion people – 15% of the global population – experience disability. Persons with disabilities are more likely to live in poverty, to face food insecurity and poorer health outcomes, to be denied educational and employment opportunities and to experience violence. Women and girls with disabilities encounter additional barriers due to the multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination that they face for being female. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is the guiding framework to address the impacts of exclusion, discrimination and segregation against this population group. It moves beyond traditional disability-welfare considerations towards a complex model that highlights the interdependence and indivisibility of all human rights, stressing that persons with disabilities must enjoy these rights on an equal basis with others. This side event aims to draw attention to the multi-faceted challenges that people with disabilities still face today and to particularly promote the right of persons with disabilities to an adequate standard of living and social protection. It will also discuss how to take effective steps to ensure no one is left behind, with the aim to achieve the international commitments of the 2030 Agenda.

Welcome remarks by
Ambassador Yu Jianhua, Permanent Representative of China to the UN in Geneva
Ambassador Walter Stevens, Head of the EU Delegation to the UN in Geneva

Catalina Devandas Aguilar, Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities


  • Zhang Haidi, President of Rehabilitation International, Chairperson of the China Disabled Persons Federation
  • Katarina Ivanković Knežević, European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
  • Facundo Chavez, Human Rights and Disability Advisor, OHCHR



Palais des Nations, Room XXIII