Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) seeks to improve the lives of women and children with disabilities
From 12-14 September, the fifth session of the COSP to the CRPD was held in New York. 153 countries or regional organizations (such as the European Union) have signed the CRPD and 119 have ratified it.
There was a general debate on progress with implementing the CRPD, with a specific focus on the conference theme - "Making the CRPD count for women and children". Members were elected to the committee that oversees the implementation of the CRPD including - Mohamed Al-Tarawneh (Jordan), Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes (Chile), Ana Pelaez Narvaez (Spain) and Silvia Judith Quan-Chang (Guatemala) were re-elected as CRPD committee members and newly elected members who will take up their positions in January 2013 included Laszlo Gabor Lovaszyr (Hungary), Diane Mulligan (UK), Safak Pavey (Turkey), Monthian Buntan (Thailand) and Martin Mwesigwa Babu (Uganda).