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A/RES/38/28


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

22 November 1983

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                                                   A/RES/38/28
                                                   22 November 1983
                                                   Meeting no. 66
 
           World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons
 
     The General Assembly,
 
     Recalling its resolutions 32/133 of 16 December 1977 and 34/154 of
17 December 1979, by which it appealed to Member States to make generous
voluntary contributions to the International Year of Disabled Persons,
 
     Recalling also its resolution 36/77 of 8 December 1981, by which it
welcomed the contributions made by Governments and private sources to the
United Nations Trust Fund for the International Year of Disabled Persons and
appealed for further voluntary contributions which would facilitate the
follow-up to the Year,
 
     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 developing countries,
 
     Convinced that the International Year of Disabled Persons gave a genuine
and meaningful impetus to activities related to the equalization of
opportunities for disabled persons, as well as prevention and rehabilitation
at all levels,
 
     Noting the emergence of organizations of disabled persons in all parts of
the world and their positive influence on the image and condition of persons
with a disability,
 
     Desirous of ensuring effective follow-up to the International Year of
Disabled Persons and aware that, if this is to be achieved, Member States,
organs, organizations and agencies of the United Nations system,
non-governmental organizations and organizations of disabled persons must
therefore be encouraged to continue the activities already undertaken and to
initiate new programmes and activities,
 
     Stressing that the primary responsibility for promoting effective
measures for the prevention of disability, rehabilitation and the realization
of the goals of "full participation" of disabled persons in social life and
development and of "equality" rests with individual countries and that
international action should be directed towards assisting and supporting
national efforts in this regard, such as consultative services in designing
national plans and programmes in the field of disability prevention,
rehabilitation and the equalization of opportunities for persons with
disabilities,
 
     Reiterating its appreciation to the Advisory Committee for the
International Year of Disabled Persons for its work, in particular for its
contribution to the formulation of the World Programme of Action concerning
Disabled Persons,
 
     Recalling its resolution 37/52 of 3 December 1982, by which it adopted
the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, which, in
paragraph 157, states that the Trust Fund established by the General Assembly
for the International Year of Disabled Persons should be used to meet requests
for assistance from developing countries and organizations of disabled persons
and to further the implementation of the World Programme of Action, and, in
paragraph 158, indicates that, in general, there is a need to increase the
flow of resources to developing countries to implement the objectives of the
World Programme of Action, that, therefore, the Secretary-General should
explore new ways and means of raising funds and take the necessary follow-up
measures for mobilizing resources, and that voluntary contributions from
Governments and from private sources should be encouraged,
 
     Recalling further its resolution 37/53 of 3 December 1982, by which it
proclaimed the period 1983-1992 United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons as a
long-term plan of action, on the understanding that no additional resources
from the United Nations system would be needed for this purpose, and
encouraged Member States to utilize this period as one of the means to
implement the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons,
 
     Concerned that developing countries are experiencing increasing
difficulties in mobilizing adequate resources for meeting pressing needs in
the field of disability prevention, rehabilitation and equalization of
opportunities for the millions of persons with disabilities, in the face of
pressing demands from other high-priority sectors concerned with basic needs,
 
     Convinced that the United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons should give
a strong impetus to the implementation of the World Programme of Action
concerning Disabled Persons and to a broader understanding of its importance,
 
     Noting Economic and Social Council resolution 1983/19 of 26 May 1983, in
which the Secretary-General was requested to monitor and support the
implementation of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons by
enlisting extrabudgetary resources,
 
     Noting with great appreciation the many generous voluntary contributions
and pledges already made by Governments, organizations and individuals,
 
     Noting also with appreciation the report of the Secretary-General on the
results achieved so far by the United Nations Trust Fund for the International
Year of Disabled Persons during the Year and its follow-up activities,
 
     Recognizing that the Trust Fund is an important instrument for the
implementation of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons,
 
     1.   Recognizes the desirability of the continuation of the United
Nations Trust Fund for the International Year of Disabled Persons throughout
the United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons for the benefit of disabled
persons, particularly those in developing countries;
 
     2.   Decides that the Trust Fund should continue its activities pending a
report by the Secretary-General to the General Assembly at its thirty-ninth
session, which should include recommendations for the further implementation
of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, the funding of
such activities by voluntary contributions, the possible terms of reference of
a trust fund for the United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons, the
implementation of the provisions contained in Assembly resolution 36/77
concerning the organization of support services for technical co-operation in
favour of disabled persons, as well as the organization of task forces
mentioned in Assembly resolution 37/53;
 
     3.   Stresses the need for the administration of the Trust Fund to
continue to be carried out as an integral part of the substantive
responsibilities for disability matters discharged by the Secretariat;
 
     4.   Recommends that the resources of the Trust Fund should be geared,
within the framework of the United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons, towards
the implementation of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled
Persons and towards helping persons with disabilities to organize themselves,
towards assisting in implementing support and consultative services for
technical co-operation and inter-organizational task forces, as mentioned in
resolutions 36/77 and 37/53, and towards strengthening the activities of the
regional commissions in the field of disability prevention and the advancement
of persons with disabilities;
 
     5.   Requests the Secretary-General to take the necessary steps to
strengthen the Trust Fund and, to this effect, to enlist extrabudgetary
resources as indicated in paragraph 158 of the World Programme of Action
concerning Disabled Persons;
 
     6.   Appeals to Governments and private sources for continuing generous
voluntary contributions to the Trust Fund;
 
     7.   Calls upon all Member States, all non-governmental organizations
concerned and organizations of disabled persons and calls also upon all
organs, organizations and agencies of the United Nations system, through a
reallocation of existing resources, to continue to ensure the early
implementation of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons;
 
     8.   Requests the Secretary-General to include in his reports to the
General Assembly on the implementation of the World Programme of Action
concerning Disabled Persons a section on the activities of the Trust Fund.