Connecting and reconnecting with the global disability advocacy community – The opportunities created by the UN Conference of States Parties to the CRPD

Emma Phillips1, Sophie Wiggans1

1Queensland Advocacy Incorporated, South Brisbane, Australia

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is the most important international human rights treaty for people with disability. The CRPD was drafted by representatives of the international community as a tool to protect, defend and advance the human rights of people with disability.

The annual Conference of States Parties to the CRPD (CoSP), now in its 14th year, is an important opportunity to learn from and share ideas with the international community about how Australia is achieving compliance with the CRPD and where and how we can improve.

The overarching theme of this year’s CoSP is COVID response and recovery: meeting the needs, realising the rights and addressing the socio-economic impacts on persons with disabilities.

Understanding key insights from CoSP is therefore directly relevant to the theme of this year’s ASID conference.

In this presentation, advocates from QAI and young leaders with disability will draw upon the ideas and learnings of our global allies in disability rights to reflect on how we can protect and advance the human rights of people with intellectual disability in times of change.

By sharing our learnings from CoSP14, we hope to influence and inspire the development of more human rights-compatible policies and practices within Australia for people with intellectual disability, and to encourage greater engagement by disability advocates and people with intellectual disability with international human rights bodies.


Emma Phillips is Principal Solicitor at QAI. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts (political theory) from the University of Queensland and a PhD in human rights law from La Trobe University. Emma has a keen interest in human rights protections for vulnerable people.