On 13 December 2006, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) in its General Assembly. The signatory states must now ensure that people with disabilities can exercise their rights. This is ensured at the international level by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, among others.
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Article 33 of the UNCRPD provides for three official bodies that States Parties are obliged to establish to implement the UNCRPD: A State Coordination Body, an Independent Monitoring Body and a State Focal Point.
The governmental focal point was established at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS). The office is responsible for handling all matters related to the implementation of the Convention. The BMAS takes over steering processes and networks state and civil society actors. In addition, it promotes the introduction of its own action plans at Länder level and in the municipalities and associations.
BMAS and the UN CRPD
Focal points of the federal states
The federal states also have state focal points that manage the implementation of the UNCRPD at Land level. They are usually located at the labour and social ministries of the federal states.
Federal Government Commissioner for the Interests of Persons with Disabilities
The state coordination office is located at the Federal Government Commissioner for Matters relating to Persons with Disabilities. An Inclusion Advisory Council has been established as a body of the coordination office.
In Germany, the Institute for Human Rights has been appointed as an independent monitoring body for the UNCRPD. The monitoring body examines whether Germany promotes compliance with the rights of persons with disabilities and monitors the implementation of the UNCRPD in Germany.