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A/RES/36/77


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

8 December 1981

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                                                A/RES/36/77
                                                8 December 1981
 
          International Year of Disabled Persons
 
               The General Assembly,
 
               Recalling its resolution 31/123 of 16 December 1976, by which
          it proclaimed the year 1981 International Year of Disabled Persons,
 
               Recallng also its resolutions 32/133 of 16 December 1977, by
          which it established the Advisory Committee for the International
          Year of Disabled Persons, 33/170 of 20 December 1978, 34/154 of 17
          December 1979, in which it, inter alia, decided to expand the theme
          of the International Year of Disabled Persons to "Full participation
          and equality", and 35/133 of 13 December 1980,
 
               Deeply concerned that no less than five hundred million persons
          are estimated to suffer from disability of one form or another, of
          whom four hundred million are estimated to be in the developing
          countries,
 
               Reiterating the continuing need to promote the realization of
          the right of disabled persons to participate fully in the social
          life and development of their societies and to enjoy living
          conditions equal to those of other citizens, as well as an equal
          share in the improvements in living conditions resulting from social
          and economic development,
 
               Recognizing the the observance of the International Year of
          Disabled Persons has contributed to the attainment of these
          objectives,
 
               Recognizing also that a large number of disabled persons are
          victims of war and other forms of violence, and that the
          International Year of Disabled Persons has contributed towards the
          reaffirmation of the need for continued and reinforced co-operation
          among nations for world peace,
 
               Believing that the activities undertaken by the international
          community in observing the International Year of Disabled Persons
          constitute a first essential step towards the achievement of the
          objectives of the Year,
 
               Convinced that the timely and significant impetus generated by
          the activities of the International Year of Disabled Persons should
          be maintained and reinforced with appropriate follow-up action at
          all levels,
 
               Taking note of the efforts of Member States during the
          International Year of Disabled Persons to improve the conditions and
          well-being of the disabled,
 
               Expresses its satisfaction at the convening of the World
          Symposium of Experts on Technical Co-operation among Developing
          Countries and Technical Assistance in Disability Prevention and
          Rehabilitation, at Vienna, Austria, from 12 to 23 October 1981,
 
               Expresses also its satisfaction at the convening of the World
          Conference on Actions and Strategies for Education, Prevention and
          Integration, at Torremolinos, Spain, from 2 to 7 November 1981,
          organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
          Organization in observance of the Year,
 
               Taking note with appreciation of the progress made in the
          elaboration of a World Programme of Action concerning Disabled
          Persons,
 
               Having considered the report of the Secretary-General on the
          implementation of resolution 35/133,
 
               Having also considered the report of the Advisory Committee for
          the International Year of Disabled Persons on its third session,
 
               1.     Expresses its satisfaction to all Member States which
          elaborated national policies and programmes for the implementation
          of the objectives of the International Year of Disabled Persons;
 
               2.     Takes note of the activities undertaken by organizations
          of the United Nations system and the relevant non-governmental
          organizations in the observance of the International Year of
          Disabled Persons;
 
               3.     Urges Member States to make every effort to consolidate
          and build further on the results of the International Year of
          Disabled Persons in order to secure prevention of disabilty,
          rehabilitation and full integration of the disabled in the society
          and, in this respect, to consider maintaining, where appropriate,
          the national committees or similar bodies established for the Year;
 
               4.     Again invites Member States to submit national reports
          to the Secretary-General on their implementation of the Plan of
          Action for the International Year of Disabled Persons and, in
          particular, to consider elaborating, on the basis of their
          experiences, national long-term programmes of action in the field of
          disability;
 
               5.     Requests the Secretary-General to convene in 1982 a
          meeting of the Advisory Committee of the International Year of
          Disabled Persons to finalize the draft World Programme of Action
          concerning Disabled Persons, in the light of comments by Member
          States, international organizations and relevant non-governmental
          organizations, with a view to its adoption by the General Assembly
          at its thirty-seventh session;
 
               6.     Requests the Advisory Committee to consider at its
          fourth session the advisability of proclaiming the period 1983-1992
          as the United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons and to submit its
          views to the General Assembly at its thirty-seventh session;
 
               7.     Requests the Advisory Committee to study the possibility
          of creating an optional international identity card for disabled
          perons with the purpose of facilitating the international travel of
          disabled persons;
 
               8.     Urges the Secretary-General to take the necessary
          measures to assure the successful follow-up of the International
          Year of Disabled Persons, in particular the finalization of the
          World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons;
 
               9.     Also requests the Secretary-General and heads of
          specialized agencies and other relevant organizations of the United
          Nations system to ensure necessary co-operation and co-ordination of
          their activities relating to the disabled;
 
               10.    Further requests the regional commissions to give high
          priority to the formulation and implementation of regional
          programmes related to equalization of opportunities for disabled
          persons, as well as prevention and rehabilitation, and urges the
          specialized agencies and relevant organs of the United Nations
          system to continue the implementation of such programmes;
 
               11.    Invites relevant non-governmental organizations to
          continue and expand their programmes related to the disabled in
          order to maintain the momentum given by the International Year of
          Disabled Persons;
 
               12.    Welcomes the contributions made by Governments and
          private sources to the United Nations Trust Fund for the
          International Year of Disabled Persons and appeals for further
          voluntary contributions which would facilitate the follow-up of the
          Year;
 
               13.    Calls upon the Secretary-General to use an appropriate
          portion of those voluntary contributions to support and strengthen
          activities in the developing countries related to International Year
          of Disabled Persons, including the strengthening of organizations of
          disabled persons;
 
               14.    Urges the Secretary-General, the specialized agencies
          and other United Nations bodies and organizations to undertake or
          expedite the measures already under way to improve employment
          opportunities for disabled persons within these bodies at all levels
          and to improve access to their buildings and facilities and to their
          information sources;
 
               15.    Invites Member States to promote close and effective
          co-operation between developed and developing countries through a
          transfer of technology and of the results of research and exchanges
          of information on the prevention of disability and the
          rehabilitation of disabled persons;
 
               16.    Also calls upon the Secretary-General and the heads of
          the specialized agencies to take all necessary measures to
          strengthen and expand technical co-operation activities in
          developing countries relating to the disabled, especially in the
          areas of prevention of disability, rehabilitation and integration of
          disabled in their societies, with particular emphasis on the need to
          develop and strengthen indigneous capacities and capabilities;
 
               17.    Stresses the importance of strengthening support
          services for the exchange of technical information and transfer of
          technology and know how, as well as other activities for the
          development of technical co-operation in the fields of prevention,
          rehabilitation and equalization of opportunities in developing
          countries, and notes with appreciation the offer of the Government
          of Yugoslavia to contribute in this direction;
 
               18.    Invites, as a matter of priority, Member States,
          organizations and bodies of the United Nations system, as well as
          governmental and non-governmental organizations concerned and mass
          media, to continue to undertake public information programmes,
          including the continuation of the present information activities of
          the Centre for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs for the
          national committees, with a view to making all sections of the
          population increasingly aware of issues relating to the disabled;
 
               19.    Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its
          thirty-seventh session an item entitled "World Programme of Action
          concerning Disabled Persons" and requests the Secretary-General to
          report to the General Assembly at that session on the implementation
          of the present resolution.