India ratified UNCRPD on the 1st of October, 2007. India was the 7th country in the world and the first significant country to do so. The ratification of UNCRPD was a direct result of the advocacy by NCPEDP and Disabled Rights Group (DRG).

UNCRPD is an international instrument that provides persons with disabilities the same human rights that everyone else enjoys. It marks a radical shift in defining and understanding disability - it moves from a medical/social perspective to a human-rights based approach.

However, UNCRPD is just a paper if it is not implemented. Disabled people have to play an active role in the implementation and monitoring of UNCRPD.

NCPEDP has therefore launched an advocacy initiative for speedy implementation of UNCRPD in India.

650 million people, roughly 10 per cent of the world's population, live with a disability, according to the United Nations. In India alone, there are roughly 100 million people with disabilities, which is almost 1/6th of population of disabled people in the world.

The Path to Ratification (slideshow)

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Here panelists are seen sitting on the dias talking about the best way to ensure that UNCRPD is ratified.
Banner: Consultation Meeting for Amendment to The Disability Act organised by Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.
Javed Abidi, Convenor DRG presenting rose to Ashish Kumar, Joint Secretary MSJE.
Manoj Kumar, India's Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities caught by surprise.
Javed Abidi holding India's national flag, while other members of DRG hold a banner and the blue & yellow disability flags.

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