15th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD

15th COSP returns back to an in person event, although most side events remain online.

The event takes place between 14th to 16th June 2022.

Details of the meetings, including the video link can be found from


Theme and sub-themes of the Conference

Overarching theme: Building disability-inclusive and participatory societies in the COVID context and beyond

Sub theme 1: Innovation and technology advancing disability rights
Sub theme 2: Economic empowerment and entrepreneurship of persons with disabilities
Sub theme 3: Participation of persons with disabilities in climate action, disaster risk reduction and resilience against natural disasters

Currently the list of side events that are related to Adapted Physical Activity include;

Monday 13th June 3:00pm-4:15PM

Building a Disability Inclusion Agenda within Professional Sports, organised by the Institute for Human Centered Design.

The side-event will aim to increase awareness and understanding about the importance of disability inclusion among professional sports leagues and teams. The session will aim to encourage and support the leagues and teams in making (new or renewed) commitment(s) to disability inclusion across all aspects of their work. The session will aim to foster greater attention and resources for all forms of disability inclusion from professional leagues and teams. The side event will discuss disability inclusion from the perspective of universal and inclusive design and hear high level updates on disability inclusion initiatives and strategies in all areas including employment, facilities, events, players, and spectators/fans. Also, the leagues will discuss the work of disability inclusion with broader diversity and inclusion initiatives and strategies as well as within community, social responsibility and other cross-cutting areas of the leagues and teams.

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Link to the session can be found from https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cYCH2hjFSNSaExnyCw_p9w

Wednesday 15th June 1:15-2:30pm

The role of sport and cultural life in building inclusive and participatory societies for persons with disabilities in the post – COVID context, organised by Permanent Missions of Italy, Albania and Monaco to the United Nations – NY, UNDESA, UNICEF

This event will be in-person, as well as a live webcast

Persons with disabilities are empowered and guaranteed the full enjoyment of their rights and active participation in all aspects of life in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Additional Protocol and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Persons with disabilities continue to face barriers and discrimination and to experience challenges in the access to services in post-Covid19 recovery phase. Cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport of persons with disabilities should indeed be a concrete goal of post-Covid19 recovery plans and strategies, as a vital step toward achieving the pledge to leave no one behind.

This event aims to ensure that persons with disabilities have an opportunity to organize, develop and participate in disability-specific sporting and recreational activities and, to this end, encourage the provision, on an equal basis with others, of appropriate instruction, training and resources.


– Italy; – Albania; – Monaco; – South Africa; – UNICEF, Fayaz King, Deputy Executive Director; – Progetto Filippide (Italian NGO); – Teatro Patologico (Italian NGO); – Little Eden (South African NGO); – Monaco Disease Power (Monaco NGO); – Albanian NGO. Moderator: UNDESA, Mr. Robert Venne.

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Wednesday 15th June 1:15-2:30pm

The Winning Path – Paralympic Sports and the realization of the full potential of every person, organised by the Permanent Missions of Israel and Germany to the UN

This event will be in-person, as well as a live webcast


As signatory states of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), Israel and Germany have been leaders in promoting the rights of persons with disabilities. We have participated actively in the Conference of State Parties (COSP) in recent years, including through high-level delegations from our respective capitals, and by holding side events that emphasize our respective activities in this field. These events have constituted a platform for mutual sharing of experience accumulated in various areas of the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities.

As part of the upcoming COSP15, to be held from 14th through 16th of June 2022, the Permanent Missions of Germany and Israel, will hold a side event focusing on Paralympic sports and on how sport activities increases self-confidence and quality of life. This topic will further illustrate that sports in all spheres of activity level is key for inclusion, and inclusion is fundamental for democracy. Therefore, the right to equal participation in sporting activities is enshrined in Article 30(5) of the UNCRPD. This event will provide an opportunity to highlight and share among others accumulated experiences in the field of Paralympic sports and the challenges athletes face on their path to the podium.


Israel and Germany believe that there is no place for discrimination between people, including and particularly on the basis of disability – but that providing equal opportunities should be the norm, as pinned down in the UNCRPD, thus allowing each person equal participation and the opportunity to demonstrate their uniqueness.

By bringing together successful Paralympic athletes and high-level government officials from both Germany and Israel, we seek to send a powerful message that sport is a great way to realize the full potential of every person and to strengthen social cohesion.