Human Rights indicators on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in support of a disability inclusive 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

In the framework of the EU financed Bridging the Gap I project, OHCHR developed human rights indicators on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as a key tool to facilitate understanding and implementation of the Convention’s provisions.

Human rights indicators enhance human rights implementation and measurement by:

  • highlighting the practical content of norms;
  • measuring progress;
  • bringing transparency and accountability;
  • strengthening follow up on recommendations; and
  • enabling national human rights institutions and civil society organizations to exercise more effective oversight.

Human rights indicators on the CRPD are key to facilitating understanding and implementation of the Convention’s provisions. They serve to give guidance on actions and measures to be taken in implementing the CRPD and facilitating assessment of this progress.

Law, policy and other decision-makers across all levels of government can benefit from these indicators to know what kind of steps are needed to transform the legal, policy and budgetary frameworks. In addition, the indicators serve as a tool for any organisation or body to assess a State’s implementation and to hold the government accountable, e.g. National Human Rights Institutions, civil society including organisations of persons with disabilities, international cooperation agencies, UN agencies, donors, etc.

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The CRPD human rights indicators were developed based on OHCHR’s methodology on human rights indicators (for more information on the methodology, please consult the Human Rights Indicators: A Guide to Measurement and Implementation).

The normative content of the indicators are based on the CRPD and the CRPD Committee’s jurisprudence as well as other human rights standards.

They were developed and finalised through a series of consultations involving the CRPD Committee, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, other human rights experts and bodies, UN entities, development actors, organisations of persons with disabilities, academics and wider civil society. In particular, OHCHR held consultation meetings with a range of actors from a sample of five countries, i.e. Moldova, Nepal, Paraguay, Jordan and Ethiopia, including the government disability focal point, national statistics office, national human rights institution and organisations of persons with disabilities.

We would like to express our gratitude to our partners and all the stakeholders who shared their expertise and experiences, and provided feedback throughout the process of the development of the indicators.

Human rights indicators on the CRPD

The human rights indicators on the CRPD are available on the SDG-CRPD resource page.

The indicators are available in English, French and Spanish* in accessible table format and accessible text format. The English versions are also available in accessible PDF.

* We would like to give a special thank you to our UNV translators, Nahuel Martino, Lucia Alvarez, Laura González Rozo and Luisa Merchán, as well as to Silvana Queija, all of whom contributed invaluably to the project by working on the translation of the indicators from English to Spanish. We would also like to extend our gratitude to Bridging the Gap II for the translation of the indicators into French.


In order to provide guidance on the scope and use of the indicators, please consult the list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), which are also available for download in English | Français | Español.

The project

The Bridging the Gap I project’s aim is to contribute to the socio-economic inclusion, equality and non-discrimination of persons with disabilities in low and middle-income countries through more inclusive and accountable institutions and policies. OHCHR led the first component of the Bridging the Gap project.

Bridging the Gap I was designed to support the implementation and the monitoring of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and to contribute to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals inclusive of persons with disabilities. The project developed the SDG-CRPD resource package, i.e. tools to promote the rights, participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, in line with the CRPD, including:

  • Human rights indicators for the CRPD
  • Guidelines for policymakers on SDGs informed by the CRPD
  • Data sources guidance
  • Training materials
  • Videos

For more information on the Bridging the Gap project, click on the link.

European Union flagThis project is funded by the European Union.