The United Nations Conference of State Parties (COSP) takes place every year in New York, to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the CRPD. Since 2008, the COSP has been held annually at the UN headquarters in New York, covering a range of themes and issues in round-tables, interactive dialogues and side-events.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, COSP has been moved online this year, but EASPD will still be there with its side event 'How can we use arts and culture to promote inclusion of persons with disabilities?' Arts and culture play an important role in the life of everyone, however, persons with disabilities, are often unable to fully access and enjoy the same opportunities. While Member States have committed themselves to the full implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), the fulfillment of Article 30, which asserts the right persons with disabilities have to participate in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport, has yet to be widely implemented through facilitating policies and practices.
This event will present models of inclusion of persons with disabilities in the arts and culture sector and will aim to discuss frameworks that can eliminate cultural exclusion of persons with disabilities. Moreover, recommendations on how to achieve the implementation of Article 30 will be formulated to Member States and all relevant stakeholders.