EU-OHCHR Bridging the Gap I: Human Rights indicators for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in support of a disability inclusive 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Human rights indicators on the CRPD

Bridging the Gap I is designed to support the implementation and the monitoring of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and to contribute to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals inclusive of persons with disabilities. The project aims to develop tools to promote the rights, participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, in line with the CRPD.

One of the tools being developed within Bridging the Gap I are human rights based indicators on the CRPD. The indicators are listed below. They are available in table format and accessible formats in English, French and Spanish. *

In order to provide guidance on the scope and use of the indicators, please consult the list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

* We would like to give a special thank you to our UNV translators, Nahuel Martino, Lucia Alvarez, Laura González Rozo and Luisa Merchán, as well as to Silvana Queija, all of whom contributed invaluably to the project by working on the translation of the indicators from English to Spanish.

Developing Human rights indicators on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Human rights indicators enhance human rights implementation and measurement by:

  • highlighting the practical content of norms;
  • measuring progress;
  • bringing transparency and accountability; and
  • strengthening follow up on recommendations.

Human rights indicators on the CRPD are key to facilitating understanding and implementation of the Convention’s provisions. They serve to give guidance on actions and measures to be taken in implementing the CRPD and facilitating assessment of this progress.

Law-, policy- and other decision-makers across all levels of government can benefit from these indicators to know what kind of steps are needed to transform the legal, policy and budgetary framework. In addition, the indicators serve as a tool for any organisation or body to assess a State’s implementation and to hold the government accountable, e.g. National Human Rights Institutions, civil society including organisations of persons with disabilities, international cooperation agencies, UN agencies, donors, etc.

The indicators were developed based on the CRPD and the CRPD Committee’s jurisprudence as well as other human rights standards. The CRPD Committee contributed to the development of the indicators and has committed to using them in their activities including for country reviews.

The process

The CRPD human rights indicators were developed based on OHCHR’s methodology on human rights indicators (for more information on the methodology, please consult the Human Rights Indicators: A Guide to Measurement and Implementation).

They were developed and finalised through a series of consultations involving the CRPD Committee, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, other human rights experts and bodies, UN entities, development actors, organisations of persons with disabilities, academics and wider civil society. In particular, OHCHR held consultation meetings with a range of actors from a sample of five countries, i.e. Moldova, Nepal, Paraguay, Jordan and Ethiopia, including the government disability focal point, national statistics office, national human rights institution and organisations of persons with disabilities.

For further information, please contact the Bridging the Gap I team,