Guidance Note: Applying the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities in UNDP Programming

03 Dec 2012
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The main objective of these guidelines is to provide guidance on how to contribute to realizing the rights of persons with disabilities through the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) policies, projects and programmes. The guidelines are primarily addressed to UNDP staff at the country, regional or global level who are tasked with the design, implementation and monitoring of policies and programmes in support of national partners’ development priorities. They may also serve as a reference for governmental or non-governmental national partners as well as other development partners.

Chapter 1 describes the international legal framework on which the United Nations (UN) system and UNDP base their work on disability and explains why it is important for UNDP to engage in promoting the rights of persons with disabilities. It highlights, in particular, how the inclusion of persons with disabilities is essential for the realization of human development and the equitable achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Chapter 2 provides practical guidance on how to integrate the rights of persons with disabilities in UNDP’s work. First, it shows how, during the conceptualization stage, UNDP’s five steps for planning can be used to assess and address the situation of persons with disabilities. Then it offers examples from UNDP’s different areas of work. Finally, it provides basic guidance on how to address the rights of persons with disabilities during implementation, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and day-to-day operations.

Chapter 3 maps the stakeholders who need to be involved when addressing the situation of persons with disabilities, with a specific focus on Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs). 

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