Skip to Main Content
Important Notice: As of 1 November 2023, Ms. Heba Hagrass (Egypt) has been appointed by the UN Human Rights Council as the current Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities. This site now serves as an archive of the work and contributions of Mr. Gerard Quinn during his tenure. For the latest updates and official communications from the Special Rapporteur, please visit the UN Special Rapporteurs Page.

Welcome to the Website of UN Special Rapporteur Gerard Quinn

People with disabilities are making their perspectives count in the most pressing debates of our time.

As Special Rapporteur, Gerard Quinn supports the struggle for lifting the barriers holding them back.

Banner of Disability Dialogues Podcast Series, featuring Gerard Quinn. The image links to the podcast page

Making people's rights real require cultural shifts that go beyond signing treaties. Only co-production between people and governments can produce the ideas needed to unlock change.



As Special Rapporteur, Gerard works to promote the participation of persons with disabilities in the co-production of laws and policies at local, regional and international levels. This is the only way to make sure that their experiences are visible, and their rights known and respected.

To do this, he consults with organizations, government agencies, individual experts and international institutions to identify key issues affecting people with disabilities. Then he makes recommendations and offers technical support to ensure that their experiences, aspirations and needs are taken into account in all relevant laws and policies.

He also promotes the visibility of persons with disabilities and their rights in global challenges such as armed conflicts, the COVID 19 pandemic, climate change and other factors driving humanitarian emergencies, advocating for their participation.  His work is guided by the international human rights treaties, in particular the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, or CRPD.