Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Its Implementation and Relevance for the World Bank

This review and commentary is intended to provide World Bank staff with informational resources to understand the relevance of the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) for the World Bank, and to support them in implementation activities. Given that it is estimated that fewer than 50 countries currently have disability nondiscrimination legislation, and that many countries will have to engage in legislative reform in order to ensure compliance with the CRPD, it is anticipated that client countries will increasingly call upon the Bank to assist them in CRPD-related legislative and other associated reform initiatives. In addition, Bank staff engaged in operations addressing issues covered by the CRPD will need to be aware of legal obligations for client countries arising under the CRPD, as well as benchmark principles set at international level, so that they can ensure that on-going initiatives will not inadvertently compromise client country compliance with the treaty.