Development and human rights for all

Further promotion of equalization of opportunities by, for and with persons with disabilities, and protection of the human rights of persons with disabilities [E/CN.5/2004/L.6/Rev.1]

E/CN.5/2004/L.6/Rev.1
13 February 2004

Commission for Social Development
Forty-second session

4-13 February 2004
Agenda item 3 (b) (ii)
Follow-up to the World Summit for Social Development and the twenty-fourth special session of the General Assembly: review of relevant United Nations plans and programmes of action pertaining to the situation of social groups: equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities

Resolution submitted by the Chairperson on the basis of informal consultations

The Economic and Social Council,

Recalling the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and reaffirming the obligations contained in relevant human rights instruments;

Recalling General Assembly resolutions 37/52 of 3 December 1982, by which it adopted the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, 48/96 of 20 December 1993, by which it adopted the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, and 58/132 of 22 December 2003;

Recalling also General Assembly resolutions 56/168 of 19 December 2001 by which it established an Ad-Hoc Committee to consider proposals for a comprehensive and integral international convention to promote and protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities, 57/229 in which it sought views on proposals for a convention and 58/246 by which it decided that the Ad-Hoc Committee would start the negotiations on a draft convention at its third session;

Recalling further Economic and Social Council resolution 2002/26 of 24 July 2002 on the further promotion of the equalization of opportunities by, for and with persons with disabilities and protection of their human rights and Commission on Human Rights resolution 2003/49 of 23 April 2003 on the human rights of persons with disabilities, and other relevant resolutions of the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and its functional commissions;

Noting with satisfaction that the Standard Rules play an increasingly important role in the equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities;

  1. Takes note of the Views of Governments on the proposals contained in the report of the former Special Rapporteur on Disability (E/CN.5/2002/4), especially on the suggested supplement to the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities contained in the Report of the Secretary general (E/CN.5/2004/4), as well as the views expressed during the forty-second session of the Commission for Social Development;
  2. Welcomes the work of the Special Rapporteur on Disability of the Commission for Social Development undertaken in accordance with section IV of the Standard Rules;
  3. Recommends to the General Assembly to consider the suggested supplement to the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities contained in the annex of the report E/CN.5/2004/4, with a view to completing its consideration at its 59th session;
  4. Recommends also to the General Assembly, in considering the suggested supplement, to take into account the work of the Ad-hoc Committee to consider proposals for a comprehensive and integral international convention to promote and protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities;
  5. Invites the Special Rapporteur on Disability to contribute to the consideration by the General Assembly of the suggested supplement and requests the Secretary General to make her contributions available to all Member and observer States;
  6. Encourages Governments, as well as non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to continue to contribute to the United Nations Voluntary Fund on Disability in order to support the activities of the Special Rapporteur as well as new and expanded initiatives to strengthen national capacities for equalization of opportunities by, for and with persons with disabilities;
  7. Requests the Special Rapporteur to submit a report on the monitoring of the implementation of the Standard Rules to the Commission for Social Development at its forty-third Session.