2020 CRPD Election

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committee) will elect 9 independent experts in December to oversee the implementation of UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. States have until 1 October 2020 to nominate candidates. The election will be held at the 13th annual Conference of State Parties (COSP) to the CRPD at UN headquarters in New York.

While the election was originally planned to occur earlier this year, the dates were changed due to COVID-19. On 20 March 2020, the Bureau of the Conference of States Parties decided to postpone the nomination deadline, COSP, and election to later dates.

Revised CRPD Election Process Timeline

  • 1 Oct. 2020: Nomination deadline
  • 2nd week of December 2020: 13th annual COSP and election
  • 31 Dec. 2020: 9 terms due to expire

There are 18 members on the Committee, with 9 seats up for election every two years. A single term is 4 years with a two-term limit. Each state can nominate only one candidate.

Candidates should be experts in disability rights and must be impartial. They are elected to serve the global community, not just their nation of origin. Equitable gender and geographic representation is also considered throughout the election process.

To increase European representation within the CRPD, it is important for more states to nominate candidates. In particular, candidates who are women and experience a disability. If no European candidate is elected this year, there will only be two experts from Europe and one from the EU. The Committee should more accurately represent the people whose rights they are protecting

Civil society organisations should contact their governments and call for them to nominate a candidate. They should reach out to their permanent missions in Geneva and New York, and their ministry of foreign affairs.

To read our statement regarding the upcoming CRPD election, click here.

To find more information on the process and see which countries nominated candidates, click here.