Development and human rights for all

Comprehensive and integral international convention to promote and protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities [E/2002/26]

40th session of the Commission for Social Development
11-27 February 2002
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 the relevant United Nations plans and programmes
of action pertaining to the situation of social groups:
report on the Third Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Disability

The Commission for Social Development recommends to the Economic and Social Council the adoption of the following draft resolution Draft resolution adopted on 21 February 2002:

The Economic and Social Council

Reaffirming the outcome of the major United Nations conferences and summits and their respective follow-up reviews, in particular as they pertain to the promotion of the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities on an equal and participatory basis,

Noting the important role of Governments in the promotion and protection of all human rights of persons with disabilities,

Underlining the important contribution of the Commission on Human Rights and the Commission for Social Development for the elaboration of a comprehensive and integral international convention to protect and promote the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities,

Acknowledging the important role of non-governmental organizations in the promotion and protection of the human rights of persons with disabilities, and noting in this regard their work in promoting the elaboration of an international convention on the rights of persons with disabilities,

Deeply concerned about the disadvantaged and vulnerable situation faced by six hundred million persons with disabilities around the world,

  1. Welcomes the adoption of resolution 56/168 of 19 December 2001 by which the General Assembly decided to establish an Ad Hoc Committee, open to the participation of all Member States and observers of the United Nations, to consider proposals for a comprehensive and integral international convention to protect and promote the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities, based on the holistic approach in the work done in the field of social development, human rights and non-discrimination and taking into account the recommendations of the Commission on Human Rights and the Commission for Social Development;
  2. Notes with appreciation the valuable work undertaken by the Special Rapporteur on Disability and also notes his final report for the period 2000-2002, in particular his recommendations relating to the international convention, as part of efforts to strengthen the international framework for the protection of persons with disabilities;
  3. Underlines the importance of receiving as soon as possible the contributions requested by the General Assembly of States, relevant bodies and organizations of the United Nations system, including relevant human rights treaty bodies, the regional commissions, the Special Rapporteur of the Commission for Social Development on monitoring the implementation of the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, as well as intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations with an interest in the matter to the work entrusted to the Ad Hoe Committee, based on the practice of the United Nations;
  4. Underlines also the importance of the request to the Secretary-General, with the support of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Division for Social Policy and Development of the Secretariat, for submission to the Ad Hoc Committee, prior to its first session, of a compilation of existing international legal instruments, documents and programmes that directly or indirectly address the situation of persons with disabilities, to include, inter alia, those of conferences, summits, meetings or international or regional seminars convened by the United Nations and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations;
  5. Further underlines the importance of the request made by the General Assembly to the Secretary-General to provide the Ad Hoe Committee with the outcome of the study undertaken pursuant to Commission on Human Rights resolution 2000/51 and the final report presented by the Special Rapporteur of the Commission for Social Development on disability to that Commission;
  6. Recommends the Ad Hoc Committee, when considering proposals for a convention, to take into account the relation with the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities;
  7. Member States to provide adequate financial resources to ensure the necessary expertise and the participation of international disability organizations in the work of the Ad Hoc Committee, in accordance with the standard practice of the General Assembly;
  8. Decides to remain seized of this matter.