What's going on at COSP17? – UN News

What’s going on at COSP17?

10 June 2024
Human Rights

Hundreds of people with disabilities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society representatives alongside ambassadors from around the world are due to meet at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday to discuss the challenges and opportunities in terms of work, cutting-edge tech and humanitarian crises as well as conflict and climate disasters.

They are gathering at the largest global disability rights-focused meeting, known as the 17th Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, or COSP17, which runs from 11 to 13 June.

Their aim is to ensure that countries are keeping their word to guarantee equality for all.

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Since the Convention’s adoption in 2008, COSP has convened annually to monitor the implementation of the landmark treaty signed by 191 UN Member States.

This year’s agenda includes three roundtable discussions on current issues that will feed into the Summit of the Future in September. They centre [...]

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