Recommendation adopted on 29 April 2009
CONF/PLE(2009)REC7

‘The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’

The Conference of INGOs,

Observes that, to date, only a very small number of Council of Europe member States have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities3.

Recommends that the Committee of Ministers and Parliamentary Assembly make sure that all member States sign and ratify this Convention as soon as possible.

The Conference of INGOs, for its part, undertakes to do everything possible to promote signature and ratification of the aforementioned Convention.


1 Recommendation Rec(2006)5 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on the Council of Europe Action Plan to promote the rights and full participation of people with disabilities in society: improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in Europe 2006-2015.

2 Recommendation 1854 (2009) on Access to rights for people with disabilities and their full and active participation in society.

3 Countries which have ratified the United Nations Convention to date: Austria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.