Catalina Devandas Aguilar is an independent expert appointed by the United Nations. As Special Rapporteur, she works with the international community to realize the rights of persons with disabilities and promote their inclusion in development. Catalina works with governments and global institutions to make sure that their initiatives and efforts reach persons with disabilities themselves. Her vision is that disability is a part of human diversity.

Priority Areas

Annual reports

Lives worth living: fighting ableism

2020-01-24

Based on a biased understanding of appearance, functioning and behaviour, many consider disability a misfortune that make life not worth living. To promote the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities, we must dismantle social ableism and embrace disability as a positive aspect of the human experience.

The rights of older persons with disabilities

2019-08-02

The world’s population is ageing. By 2050, people over the age of 60 are expected to account for 21 per cent of the global population. About half of them will live with a disability, making this the largest community of persons with disabilities—and one of the most stigmatized and neglected.

Deprivation of liberty of persons with disabilities

2019-02-05

The deprivation of liberty on the basis of disability is a human rights violation on a massive global scale. As this report illustrates, it is not a “necessary evil” but a consequence of the failure of States to ensure their obligations towards persons with disabilities.

Country visits

2019-12-10

Norway

Norway makes considerable efforts to include persons with disabilities in society and allocates significant financial resources to this goal. However, its commitment to the rights of persons with disabilities is yet to be reflected in everyday practice. In the areas of legal capacity, mental health and social care, Norway still needs to embrace the paradigm shift proposed by the CRPD.

2019-05-08

Canada

Canada is a country of significant disparities in accessibility and access to education, health, justice, and social protection, depending on where in the country a person lives. The situation of indigenous persons with disabilities is of particular concern. But the country also counts with experiences like the inclusive education system in New Bronswick, which are a model for the rest of the world. 

2018-12-10

Kuwait

In Kuwait's National Development Plan, launched in 2017, there were several projects aimed at promoting the inclusion of persons with disabilities. But the country still needs a specific national strategy on disability to ensure that barriers against participation are lifted, and that a human rights-based approach to disability is adopted in all public policies.

Catalina Devandas Aguilar is the first UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities.

Since 2014, she was appointed by the United Nations to help realize the rights of persons with disabilities. Her appointment acknowledged a lifelong commitment to the promotion of human rights, and her trajectory defending the rights of persons with disabilities.

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2020-03-31

Covid 19 - Disability considerations

Covid 19 - Disability considerations

WHO and public health authorities around the world are taking action to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Certain populations, such as those with disability, may be impacted more significantly by COVID-19. Here are some key actiosn and protective measures to mitigate the impact of Covid 19.

2020-03-12

Call for proposals - Animation series on the rights of persons with disabilities

Call for proposals - Animation series on the rights of persons with disabilities

The International Disability Alliance invites animators and creative artists to submit proposals for a series of animations dedicated to the rights of persons with disabilities. Learn more...

2020-01-30

Las tres áreas temáticas principales del mandato

Las tres áreas temáticas principales del mandato

En San Sebastián,Catalina explica las prioridades temáticas de su trabajo como Relatora Especial de Naciones Unidas sobre los derechos de las personas con discapacidad. 

Working together

To improve the situation of persons with disabilities, we need to work together. The inclusion of persons with disabilities in human rights and development work can only come about through shared understanding and cooperation.

For inquiries related to the work of the Special Rapporteur, please contact sr.disability@ohchr.org

To communicate information regarding specific cases of violations of the rights of persons with disabilities, please go to the following section of the website of the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights:

spsubmission.ohchr.org

Office of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities:

Mailing Address:
150 route de Ferney, PO Box 2100
CH 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland

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Mailing Address:
150 route de Ferney, PO Box 2100
CH 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland

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