Make Your Voices Count! Calls for Input from Organizations of Persons with Disabilities

Photo o Indonesian OPDs led by women with disabilities.

Women with disabilities in Indonesia advocating for an inclusive anti gender-based violence bill.

“When persons with disabilities participate in decision-making processes, it provides strong support towards ensuring that policies, strategies, programmes and operations to be more effective in addressing barriers to inclusion and more relevant in supporting their full and equal participation. Persons with disabilities have first-hand experience of the challenges they face and know better what can be done to enhance their rights and wellbeing. In addition, active participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations is a key part of shifting attitudes and dismantling stigma.”  

Consultation Guidelines of the United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy 

Our views matter on all matters: Nothing without us! 

In line with Article 4(3) of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), persons with disabilities and their representative organisations should be closely consulted and actively involved in matters concerning them. This includes persons with disabilities in all their diversity- children, women, older persons, persons with diverse SOGIESC, Indigenous peoples, migrants and others, as well as persons representing different disability constituencies.

Our unique perspectives draw on our own expertise and experiences and can help shape and inform programmes, policies and practices – including beyond disability-specific matters- to strengthen inclusion for everyone. 

Let’s put our participation to practice by seizing these opportunities*:

*Information on this webpage will be updated regularly. Don’t miss out: place a bookmark for easy access to check on the latest calls for contributions.

UNDRR is currently conducting a survey as a 10-year follow up to a 2013 survey concerinng the needs of persons with disabilities and disasters. UNDRR is again inviting persons with disabilities and other members of society to express their concerns, needs and recommendations. Access the survey here.
The purpose of the survey is to review whether the one billion persons with disabilities and living with disaster risk today are more involved in planning and decision-making processes to reduce risk or build resilience than they were in 2015, when the Sendai Framework was adopted. The findings from this survey will be used to influence the remaining 7 years of the Sendai Framework’s implementation until 2030. In particular, it will help to inform a Mid-Term Review which is being done by countries, regional organizations and the United Nations.

The CRPD Committee will hold a day of general discussion at its next session (6-24 March 2023) whose purpose is to prepare the elaboration of a General Comment on persons with disabilities in situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies. The General Comment aims to clarify the State party’s obligations pursuant to article 11 of the Convention and provide recommendations to State parties on measures they should adopt to ensure full compliance with their obligations to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of persons with disabilities.

Submissions in Word format must not exceed 10 pages and must be received by 15 February 2023 at the latest. Written contributions are welcome in English, French or Spanish.

Tentative and provisional Outline of the draft general comment: 

English | Français (unofficial translation) | Español (unofficial translation)

For more information including modalities of participation at the day of general discussion (that will include segments for specific geographical regions, considering time zones and facilitating both in-person and online participation), visit the Committee’s dedicated webpage

The CRC Committee is currently developing new General Comment no 26 on children’s rights and the environment with a special focus on climate change. The Committee is inviting all interested stakeholders to comment on the draft text of the general comment. After due consideration of inputs provided, the Committee will decide on the contents of the final version of the General Comment.

Current version of the draft General Comment: English | Français | Español

Child friendly version of draft GC no 26

 The CRC Committee is welcoming both inputs from children and youth, and other stakeholders. The views of children and youth can be submitted through:

AND/OR

  • Through holding a consultation- if the latter, the Committee has made available a toolkit and toolkit submission form to help gather the views of children and youth.

Written submissions:

  • Should be sent by 15 Feburary 2023
  • Should not exceed 3,000 words
  • Should be submitted in one of the official languages of the Committee: English, French or Spanish;
  • Should be in one concise and focused document indicating precisely the section and/or paragraph to which comments are being made;
  • Should be submitted as a WORD document to ohchr-crc@un.org;
  • Will not be accepted if they do not follow the above requirements;
  • Will not be translated;
  • Will be posted on the Committee’s webpage devoted to this draft general comment.

For more information visit the Committee’s dedicated webpage

The CEDAW Committee will be drafting a new General Recommendation on the equal and inclusive representation of women in decision-making systems. In the lead up to this process, they are holding a half day of General Discussion on the topic on 22 February 2023.

The Committee has prepared a concept note on the future General Recommendation:

‘The future General Recommendation aims at a new form of representation for women, notably to move away from mere participation and towards equal and inclusive representation. Only such change of representation can create the shift towards effective implementation of women’s rights. The GR will establish clear guidance for States Parties and all other stakeholders and offer a precise, structured, and measurable agenda rooted in internationally agreed legal and practical measures to ensure the implementation of both articles and the Convention as a whole.” 

The CEDAW Committee is welcoming written submissions for the new General Recommendation:

  • Deadline for written submissions 14 February 2023
  • Submissions must not exceed 10 pages
  • Submission should be sent electronically in Word format celine.georgi@un.org indicating “General discussion on EIRWDMS” in the subject and, in the body of the message, whether the submission may be published on the OHCHR website for the half-day of general discussion.

For more information including registration and modalities of participation at the half day of general discussion, visit the Committee’s dedicated webpage

The Independent Expert on older persons is seeking information in preparation of her upcoming country visit to the Dominican Republic which will take place from 28 February to 10 March 2023.

The Independent Expert welcomes all submissions and particularly on the following points:

  • Legal, institutional and policy frameworks supporting the human rights of older persons;
  • Conceptualization of ageism and age discrimination and measures taken against in the Dominican Republic;
  • Situation of older persons regarding their civil, political, economic, social, cultural rights, including:
    • Violence, maltreatment, and abuse of older persons
    • Adequate standard of living respecting the independence and autonomy of older persons, including the right to adequate food, housing, and clothing
    • Social protection and the right to social security, including social protection floors and pension system
    • The rights of older persons to economic security and to work, and access to the labor market
    • Education, training and lifelong learning of older persons
    • Participation, consultation and involvement of older persons and organizations of older persons in decision-making processes
    • Transportation, infrastructure and public spaces for older persons
    • Access to new technologies in communication and information and digitalization of older persons
    • Care by and of older persons
    • Right to health of older persons
    • Access to justice for older persons
  • Protection of the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons as a duty of States, and how it has been implemented by the Dominican Republic, to ensure the realization of older persons’ rights in the face of several current global challenges of, inter alia, the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, cross-border migration, armed conflicts, etc.;
  • Intersectionality and ageing, with a specific attention to specific groups: older women; older persons with disabilities; older persons belonging to ethnic, language and religious minorities; older refugees and internally displaced persons; older LGBTI persons; older homeless persons; older persons living in poverty; etc.

Written submissions in Word or PDF should be sent to hrc-ie-olderpersons@un.org by 31 January 2023. For more information, visit the Independent Expert’s dedicated webpage.

The Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples is seeking information in preparation of his upcoming country visit to Canada which will take place from 1 to 10 March 2023.

The Special Rapporteur welcomes all relevant submissions that indigenous organisations and other stakeholders may wish to transmit for his consideration in preparation of this visit, such as:

  • Recent analytical reports or surveys relating to the mandate of the Special Rapporteur
  • Information on relevant policies, programmes and legal framework
  • Priority issues/concerns and situations that warrant the attention of the Special Rapporteur
  • Suggestions on issues to examine and related locations to visit
  • Contact information for organisations and representatives to meet in different locations

Written submissions should be sent by 1 February 2023 to hrc-sr-indigenous@un.orgFor more information, visit the Special Rapporteur’s dedicated webpage

OHCHR will convene a three-day workshop on 6-8 February 2023 on promoting and protecting economic, social, and cultural rights within the context of addressing inequalities in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the dramatic consequences of chronic underinvestment in public health, social protection, housing, education, water and sanitation, food and other economic, social and cultural rights. It has strengthened a growing global consensus over the urgency to profoundly transform economies to make them greener, fairer and more inclusive. There is a strong need to align state’s human rights obligations and their economic policies in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The workshop sessions will encompass focused advocacy on easing economic burdens, vaccine equity, removing structural impediments, and developing technical assistance programs to enhance the capacity-building of States, especially developing and least-developed States. Building on the discussions and proposals from the workshop, OHCHR will report its vision for reinforcing work in this area to the Human Rights Council at its 54th session in September/October 2023.

To inform the workshop, OHCHR is seeking inputs that describe economic policies, legislation, promising practices or strategies and national, regional or local processes that can support States in:

  1. achieving inclusive and green economic growth in line with international human rights norms and standards;
  2. increasing social spending, through national and local budgets, for the realization of economic, social and cultural rights (e.g. rights related to health, food, water and sanitation, housing, education, social protection and work);
  3. addressing structural discrimination in economic planning and budget decisions;
  4. maximizing available resources, including progressive taxation, industrial policies and curtailing illicit financial flows, for progressively achieving the full realization of all economic, social and cultural rights;
  5. adopting budget transparency, accountability and meaningful participation of civil society and other stakeholders;
  6. ring-fencing and/or increasing social spending;
  7. investing in social spending to comply with the obligation of realizing minimum essential levels of all economic, social and cultural rights and to progressively achieve the full realization of these rights by:
    • implementing counter-cyclical fiscal policies efficiently, effectively and equitably to avoid retrogression of economic, social and cultural rights;
    • reallocating public expenditure (e.g. re-directing resources towards social spending from areas such as defence).

Inputs may be sent in Word or PDF by e-mail to janica.puisto@un.org by 31 January 2023 18:00 CET. For more information, visit OHCHR’s dedicated webpage

Article 30.1 of UNDRIP states that “Military activities shall not take place in the lands or territories of Indigenous Peoples, unless justified by a relevant public interest or otherwise freely agreed with or requested by the Indigenous Peoples concerned.” Article 30.2 further explains that “States shall undertake effective consultations with the Indigenous Peoples concerned, through appropriate procedures and in particular through their representative institutions, prior to using their lands or territories for military activities.”  The purpose of this study is to assess the extent to which militarization has impacted the national implementation and consideration of the above and other Articles.

Submissions should be sent by e-mail to ohchr-expertmechanism@un.org no later than 31 January 2023, in English, French, Spanish or Russian, in WORD format and no longer than 5 pages. Submissions should focus on the themes contained in the below concept note

EMRIP has prepared a concept note with key questions to guide inputs: English | Français | Español | Русский

A draft study will be introduced by the Expert Mechanism at its 16th annual session, due to take place in July 2023, after which it will be finalized and presented to the Human Rights Council at its fifty-fourth session in September 2023. 

Inputs must be sent by 31 January 2023 by e-mail to ohchr-expertmechanism@un.org with the subject line “Call for inputs on the impact of militarization on the rights of Indigenous Peoples.” Please note whether the submission is confidential and should not be shared publicly.  Submissions must not exceed 5 pages and can be submitted in Word format in English, Spanish, French or Russian. For more information, visit EMRIP’s dedicated webpage.

The Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons will focus her next thematic report to the Human Rights Council in 2023 on violence, abuse and neglect of older persons. She will examine existing international and regional legal protection standards applicable to the issue of violence against older persons, analyse the manifestations and forms of violence, abuse and neglect faced by older persons, identify and analyse good practices in combating violence and abuse of older persons to be able to fully enjoy their human rights, and analyse the issue from an intersectional perspective, in exploring the interactions with other social factors such as gender, sex, race, ethnicity, indigenous identity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, social status, place of origin and immigration status.

The Independent Expert is seeking written inputs from relevant stakeholders, including national and local governments, national and international non-governmental organizations, national human rights institutions, international and regional inter-governmental organizations, United Nations agencies and entities, activists, and academics.

She is particularly interested in the areas highlighted in the questionnaire available here: English | Français | Español

Inputs can be sent to hrc-ie-olderpersons@un.org (max. 1,500 words) in English, French or Spanish, indicating in the heading “Submission to the call for inputs on violence against older persons – 2023 HRC report”.

Submissions will be posted on the Independent Expert’s webpage at the time of the publication of the report, except for those including a clear request not to be publicly disclosed.

For more information, visit the Special Rapporteur’s dedicated webpage