How do the SDGs support the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities?

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has given the disability movement a strong legal framework to advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities. The 33 core articles of the CRPD, which cover all areas of life, must be implemented and monitored. The EU and all its Member States have a legal obligation to comply.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, provides a political momentum to push for the realization of the CRPD. In fact, there is a considerable overlap between the articles of the CRPD and the SDGs as the 2030 Agenda was built upon existing international and national commitments such as the CRPD.

The CRPD is legally binding while the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs are a political vision for a better world to be achieved by 2030. The 2030 Agenda and the SDGs are both clearly inclusive of persons with disabilities. They can be used as an advocacy platform to draw the attention of decision makers for the creation of disability-inclusive policies and programmes.

We prepared a Human Rights report in 2018 where we explore the support of SDGs for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The 2030 Agenda commits, in the same spirit as the CRPD, to empower those at risk of vulnerability, including persons with disabilities. It also promotes universal respect for human rights, equality and non-discrimination.

Links between SDGs and articles of the CRPD

Illustration of the links between SDGs and CRPD