Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the CAHDPH will steer the intergovernmental work in the field of disability rights assigned to it by the Committee of Ministers. In particular, the CAHDPH will:

  • (i) draw up the Council of Europe Disability Strategy post 2015, in consultation with relevant international and civil society organisations, and experts and partners working in the area of the rights of persons with disabilities;
  • (ii) support the overall implementation of this strategy, once adopted by the Committee of Ministers;
  • (iii) provide expertise to member States on the development of legislation, policies, practice, training schemes and awareness material to support implementation of relevant international standards, notably the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and facilitate exchange of experience and good practice;
  • (iv) conduct needs assessments and provides advice on the development of standards, co-operation and monitoring activities within its field of competence;
  • (v) ensure that a disability perspective is introduced and maintained in the activities of all relevant committees and bodies of the Organisation;
  • (vi) advise the Committee of Ministers and the Secretary General on appropriate action to be taken and likewise provide advice as requested on disability-related questions as may arise;
  • (vii) engage in co-ordination and joint planning at international level with the European Union, the United Nations (UN), notably the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Conference of the Parties to the UNCRPD, other intergovernmental organisations, and civil society organisations;
  • (viii) take due account of a gender perspective and to building cohesive societies in the performance of its tasks;
  • (ix) in accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind its priorities, an examination of some or all of the conventions for which it has been given responsibility, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, and report back to the Committee of Ministers.

Specific tasks

  • (i) Prepare the Council of Europe post-2015 Disability Strategy and, once adopted by the Committee of Ministers, undertake its implementation;
  • (ii) Promote the visibility, and raise awareness, of disability rights (internal and external);
  • (iii) Exchange good practices, support member States in their initiatives to introduce policy changes at national level ;
  • (iv) Combat all forms of violence against, and stereotyping of, persons with disabilities;
  • (v) Review the implementation of relevant Committee of Ministers’ recommendations;
  • (vi) Ensure co-operation with (i) the UN and related agencies (namely the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Conference of the Parties to the UNCRPD, relevant UN Special Rapporteurs, the WHO, including through participation in relevant meetings (e.g., sessions of the Conference of the States Parties to the UN CRPD, the Human Rights Council, events and conferences organised by UN Enable); (ii) the World Bank, (iii) the OSCE, (iv) the OECD, and (v) the European Union, with the aim of strengthening disability rights as an integral part of universal human rights.