The convention on the rights of persons with disabilities UN: Analysis of the implementation in Andalucía (Spain) of article 33


  • Marco Garrido-Cumbrera Universidad de Sevilla
  • Jorge Chacón-García Universidad de Sevilla
  • Johannes Schädler Universidad de Siegen
  • Olta Brace Universidad de Sevilla


The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a major human rights instrument of the United Nations with the goal of ensuring protection of rights of persons with disabilities. In Article 33, ‘National implementation and monitoring’ establishes, among other things, that States Parties shall implement the Convention and establish or designate a coordination mechanism at government level. This article aims to show the results of implementing Article 33 in Andalucía (Spain) in the context of the European project ‘Planning Inclusive Communities’ led by the University of Siegen (Germany). The methodology used in this study was based on a comparative analysis of data obtained through a series of surveys addressed to local governments in different European regions. This article shows the results obtained in Andalucía region where the Convention is disseminated in various formats, at local levels it shows a low presence, because rati cation have neither led to a legal obligation at lower state levels. Local managers showed disregard for the principles of the Convention and its practical application. This lack of information at local level in uences the methods that Spanish occupational therapists (OT) use with persons with disabilities in occupational centers (OC).

Palabras clave:

personas con discapacidad, Convención de las Naciones Unidas, implementación de políticas, Artículo 33, Andalucía, España