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Towards full integration of persons with disabilities in society : a continuing world programme of action : revised draft resolution / Afghanistan, et al.

UN Document Symbol A/C.3/48/L.7/Rev.1
Convention Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Document Type Draft Resolution
Session 48th
Type Document

3 p.

Subjects Persons with Disabilities, Equal Opportunity, Disaster Victims, War Victims

Extracted Text

General Assembly
1 November 1993
Forty-eighth session
Agenda item 109
Afghanistan, Belarus, Belgium, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus,
Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Indonesia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya,
Mongolia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Philippines, Republic of Korea,
Romania, Sweden, Turkey and United Kingdom of Great Britain and
Northern Ireland: revised draft resolution
Towards full integration of persons with disabilities in society:
a continuing world programme of action
The General Assembly,
Recalling all its relevant resolutions, including resolutions 37/52 and
37/53 of 3 December 1982, 46/96 of 16 December 1991 and 47/88 of
16 December 1992, and taking note of Economic and Social Council decision
1992/276 of 30 July 1992 and Commission on Human Rights resolution 1992/48 of
3 March 1992, 1/
Noting the importance of developing and carrying out concrete long-term
strategies for the full implementation of the World Programme of Action
concerning Disabled Persons 2/ beyond the United Nations Decade of Disabled
Persons, with the aim of achieving a society for all by the year 2000,
1/ See Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, 1992,
Supplement No. 2 (E/1992/22), chap. II, sect. A.
2/ A/37/351/Add.1 and Corr.1, annex, sect. VIII, recommendation 1 (IV).
93-59758 (E) 011193 /...
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Welcoming the unreserved reaffirmation in the Vienna Declaration on Human
Rights 3/ of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of persons with
Reaffirming that the efforts of both the developing and the developed
countries are indispensable to mobilize the world’s attention and resources to
address the problems of persons with disabilities,
Aware of the major obstacles to the implementation of the World Programme
of Action concerning Disabled Persons, foremost among these being an inadequate
allocation of resources,
1. Reaffirms the continuing validity and value of the World Programme of
Action concerning Disabled Persons, which provides a firm and innovative
framework for disability-related issues;
2. Reiterates the responsibility of Governments for removing or
facilitating the removal of barriers and obstacles to the full integration of
persons with disabilities into society, and supports their efforts in developing
national policies to reach specific objectives;
3. Requests the Secretary-General to continue to give higher priority and
visibility to disability issues within the work programme of the United Nations
system by:
(a) Integrating disability issues into the policies, programmes and
projects of the specialized agencies on a broader scale and with higher
priority, and asking all the specialized agencies to report on their engagement
in the disability field;
(b) Asking the United Nations Development Programme to review how a
disability component can be incorporated in all its reconstruction programmes on
a continuing basis;
(c) Urging the finalization of the ongoing work on the creation of a
disability index based on the Standard Rules on the Equalization of
Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities; 4/
(d) Publishing a manual on the integration of disability issues into
national planning and development projects;
(e) Continuing the work of collecting statistical data about disability
matters and finalizing the development of a global disability indicator;
3/ A/CONF.157/23.
4/ See Economic and Social Council resolution 1993/19, annex.
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(f) Pursuing his efforts toward the establishment of a panel of persons
with wide experience in the field of disability, including persons with
disabilities, and with due regard to equitable geographical representation, to
advise him on disability matters;
(g) Urging Governments to integrate, where possible, disability components
in technical assistance and technical cooperation programmes, including the
exchange of experience in the disability field under the auspices of relevant
United Nations specialized agencies;
4. Encourages the consideration during major forthcoming events,
including the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, the
1994 International Year of the Family, the 1995 World Conference on Women and
the 1995 World Summit on Social Development, of disability issues relevant to
the subject-matter of those events;
5. Recommends that regional commissions, including the Economic and
Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the Economic Commission for Europe,
the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Economic
Commission for Africa, the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia and
other relevant regional organizations, be fully utilized to explore the best
ways and means to improve the specific situation of persons with disabilities in
each region;
6. Invites Member countries and the private sector, including relevant
non-governmental organizations, to contribute to the United Nations Voluntary
Fund on Disability;
7. Invites Member countries and other donors to pay close attention to
the increasing number of persons with disabilities as a consequence of poverty
and disease, wars and civil strife and demographic and environmental factors,
including natural disasters and catastrophic accidents;
8. Commends the launching of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled
Persons, 1993-2002, and the adoption of the proclamation on the Full
Participation and Equality of People with Disabilities in the Asian and Pacific
region 5/ by the intergovernmental meeting to launch the Asian and Pacific
Decade of Disabled Persons, 1993-2002, convened by the Economic and Social
Commission for Asia and the Pacific at Beijing from 1 to 5 December 1992;
9. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General Assembly at
its forty-ninth session on relevant developments concerning the present
resolution and in the context of his report on the development of a plan of
action to implement the long-term strategy to further the implementation of the
World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons.
5/ See E/ESCAP/902, annex I.