International Conventions

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2008 (UNCRPD)

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2008 is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.

The Convention is a policy instrument which is cross-disability and cross-sectoral, and legally binding.

Persons with disabilities are ‘subjects’ with rights, who are capable of claiming those rights and making decisions for their lives based on their free and informed consent as well as being active members of society.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation promotes inclusive education policies, programs and practices to ensure equal education opportunities for persons with disability.

The UNESCO: A Guide for Ensuring Inclusion and Equity in Education – core message:

“Every Learner matters and matters equally.”

Inclusive Education is an over-guiding principle of the 2030 Education Agenda and embodied in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), which calls for inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030.

UNESCO supports government education policy-makers, practitioners and key stakeholders in their efforts to develop and implement inclusive policies, programmes and practices that meet the needs of all learners.