Implementing the Guidelines on Deinstitutionalization, includinf in emergencies: challenges, opportunities, and a way forward. Thursday 15 June 2023, at 1.15 to 2.30 pm (NY time). UN Headquarters in New York, at Conference Room C. Accessible event + free food

Implementing the Guidelines on Deinstitutionalization, including in emergencies: Challenges, opportunities, and way forward”

Practical information:

Thursday 15 June 1.15pm-2.30pm EDT
United Nations Headquarters in New York, Conference Room C
In-person only
Lunch will be provided for participants
International sign interpretation and captioning will be provided


Introductory wordsRepresentative of the Permanent Mission of Malta to the UN
Introduction from the ModeratorModerator: Nadia Hadad (ENIL)
1 year after the GuidelinesAmalia Gamio, member of the CRPD Committee
The Way Forward for Independent Community Living in MaltaChristine Sant, Agenzija Sapport, Malta
Donors’ Role in Supporting the Implementation of the GuidelinesNatalia Mattioli, Programme Coordinator, United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Multi Partner Trust Fund
Advancing towards implementation of the GuidelinesSadam Hanjabam, young representative from TCI; and Tia Nelis, self-advocate from Inclusion International.

ENIL, the Permanent Mission of Malta, Aġenzija Sapport, and the Global Coalition on Deinstitutionalization, are co-organizing an official side event to the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COSP) this June 2023. This is an occasion in which all countries that have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) meet, together with civil society, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to discuss about the implementation of the Convention.

This side event will focus on the Guidelines on deinstitutionalization, including in emergencies (CRPD/C/5), published by the UN CRPD Committee in September 2022. The Guidelines clarify obligations regarding deinstitutionalization, and support Member States and all other actors involved to put deinstitutionalization in practice.

However, lack of understanding about independent living, financial constraints, and reduced participation of Disabled People and their representing organizations, continue being obstacles to the implementation of the UN CRPD and the Guidelines. Therefore, this side event to the COSP will aim to shed light on the content of the Guidelines, share good practices about their implementation, and start a discussion on the way forward.

There will be a variety of speakers, coming from Aġenzija Sapport and the Permanent Mission of Malta, Disabled People’s Organizations (DPO), donors, Non-governmental Organizations (NGO), the United Nations system, or the European Commission. The speakers will highlight the development of the Guidelines, barriers to deinstitutionalization, and concrete examples that can guide implementation.

See the Draft Concept Note of the event here.

Join our event if:

  • You are a decision-maker and you want to develop or implement a deinstitutionalization strategy, to get inspiration from other countries and from people with lived experience
  • You are a Disabled Person or a representative of a DPO and want to learn more about your rights or to expand your advocacy on deinstitutionalization
  • You are a donor or an NGO carrying out or planning to develop a deinstitutionalization project and need concrete examples for your work
  • You do not know much about deinstitutionalization and are curious about the topic!

For any further inquiries, please contact