COSP, short for the Conference of States Parties, is a yearly gathering organized by the United Nations.

It’s a meeting where representatives from different countries, organizations, and advocates for people with disabilities come together. They talk about how to make sure that the rights of people with disabilities are respected and protected.

COSP plays an important role in making the world a more equal and inclusive place for people with disabilities.

COSP Easy Read Explainer

If you are involved in a side event that is not on our list, or if you’re planning to go to New York for COSP, let us know! Email Fayel at

Themes and Sub-themes

The official themes selected for this year’s COSP are not easy-to-understand. We have explained each theme below using plain language.

Overarching theme: Think about how to better include and support people with disabilities, both now and in the future.

Sub-theme 1: How can countries work together on technology that makes things more inclusive in the future.
Sub-theme 2: Making sure people with disabilities are not forgotten in emergencies.
Sub-theme 3: Helping people with disabilities get good jobs and can support themselves.

For the full themes as they are originally explained, and more details, click the button below:

Full COSP17 Information

Main Agenda

Easy Read Programme / Agenda

10 June, MondayCivil Society ForumLivestream
11 JuneOpening Ceremony, General Debate, Election of the CRPD Commitee MembersLivestream
13 JuneRoundtable discussions 1 + 2Livestream
14 JuneRoundtable 3, Interactive Dialogue, Closing CeremonyLivestream
Schedule of Events

Highlights for our Network

Members in our network and staff from Inclusion International are heavily involved at side-events at COSP.

A side-event is a smaller meeting or presentation that happens alongside the main conference. It’s an opportunity for different groups to talk about specific topics and share ideas.

Inclusion International advocates for the inclusion of self-advocates at these side-events.

Here is a list of side-events that Inclusion International and some of our members are hosting or attending:

DateTime ESTTopicOrganisersAccess
Tuesday 11 June11:30am – 12:45pmPartnerships for Inclusive Humanitarian ActionInclusion International, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Education Cannot Wait (ECW)Zoom (online) registration here
Wednesday 12 June10:00am – 11:15amEmpowering Autonomy: Canada’s Legislative Leap in Supported Decision-MakingInclusion CanadaZoom (online) registration here
Wednesday 12 June4:45 – 6.00pmArt of Inclusion: human rights and advocacy led by people with intellectual disabilitiesARCH Disability Law 
Centre, Inclusion International
Thursday 13 June1:15 – 2.30pmTowards Inclusive Post-2030 Agenda: Prioritizing Good Practices of Care and Support Systems Enabling Community Inclusion of Persons with DisabilitiesOffice of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human RightsZoom (online) registration here

Full list of side-events

Our In-person Delegation

This year we’ll have a team of representatives from our network attending the in-person events in New York.

We’ll also take the opportunity to network and do advocacy related to our current global advocacy agenda. 

Follow our Twitter page for live updates from them!