The tenth session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD (COSP) took place in June 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York. Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon and Executive Committee Member of the Disability Organisations Joint Front and Ms. Rasanjali Pathirage from Association of Patients with Rheumatic Diseases (APRD) and General Secretary of the Disability Organisations Joint Front represented Sri Lanka at this conference. The United Nations and its Member States recognize the central role that persons with disabilities must play in multi-stakeholder partnerships

For achieving the SDGs for all and implementing the CRPD.

This year’s main theme was “The Second Decade of the CRPD: Inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations

In the implementation of the Convention”.


  • Addressing the impact of multiple discrimination on persons with disabilities and promoting their participation and multi-stakeholder partnerships for

Achieving the SDGs in line with the CRPD;

  • Inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action;
  • Promoting inclusive urban development and implementation of the New Urban Agenda – Habitat III.

At this year’s COSP, high-level representation from 173 States Parties and observers includes an estimate of over 40 ministerial-level participants, spoke in the general debate and other thematic discussions during the session. Also, over 75 parallel side-events was conducted by Governments, UN agencies and civil society organizations, including organizations of persons with disabilities, national human rights institutions, disability rights

Organizations, service providers and the private sector.


Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique near the globe at UN.


2 Group of South Asian women with disabilities at CSO Forum.

3 UN conference.

4 On day 3.

5 On day 3.

6 Inaguration of the conference.

7 Manique at the conference hall.

8 Manique and Rasanjali outside UN.

9 Manique and Rasanjali at UN.

10 Manique outside UN Head Quarters.

11 Manique outside UN.


12 Manique, Atif, Rama and Rasanjali.


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