20081107 Emergency and disability paper IDDC
20081107 Emergency & Humanitarian Assistance and the UN Convention on the Protection and Promotion
of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities
This paper is intended for use by non-governmental organisations active in the field of humanitarian
aid, including emergency aid, rehabilitation, disaster preparedness and conflict prevention. It is also
intended to be a useful summary guide for policy makers and donors active in the field of
emergencies and humanitarian assistance to include disability issues.
This paper is to inform and raise awareness about the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities and explain the significance of the UN Convention to the work of emergency and
It includes points of recommendation from the IDDC Task Group on Conflict and Emergencies on
how the needs of persons with disabilities and their families can best be addressed in emergency
and humanitarian crisis situations.