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A/RES/47/88


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

16 December 1992

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                                                 A/RES/47/88
                                                 89th plenary meeting
                                                 16 December 1992
 
      Towards full integration of persons with disabilities into
           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 and 46/96 of 16 December 1991, 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,
 
     Noting the progress achieved during the United Nations Decade of Disabled
Persons, including increased awareness and expanded knowledge of disability
issues, the increased role played by persons with disabilities and by
organizations, and the development of disability legislation,
 
     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,
 
     Mindful of the need for persons with disabilities to be afforded the
means to take their place as full-fledged citizens in all fields of society,
 
     Deeply concerned by the increasing numbers 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,
 
     Acknowledging with appreciation the work of the Centre for Social
Development and Humanitarian Affairs of the Secretariat, as the focal point
for disability issues within the United Nations system,
 
     Recognizing that the ongoing process of elaborating standard rules on the
equalization of opportunities for disabled persons represents one of the
important initiatives of the Decade,
 
     Noting the proposed action towards a long-term strategy to implement the
World Programme of Action to the year 2000 and beyond, resulting from the
meeting of experts held at Vancouver, Canada, in April 1992,
 
     Welcoming the initiative of the Government of Canada in convening the
International Conference of Ministers Responsible for the Status of Persons
with Disabilities, held at Montreal, Canada, on 8 and 9 October 1992,
 
     Having carefully considered the various reports and statements made
during its plenary meetings on 12 and 13 October 1992, devoted to marking the
conclusion of the United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons,
 
     Welcoming Economic and Social Council decision 1992/276, in which the
Council recommended the continuation of the Voluntary Fund for the United
Nations Decade of Disabled Persons under a new name, the United Nations
Voluntary Fund on Disability, and under new terms of reference,
 
     Having taken note with appreciation of the report of the
Secretary-General concerning the second round of monitoring of the
implementation of the World Programme of Action  and the United Nations Decade
of Disabled Persons,
 
     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.   Urges Governments to show their commitment to improving the
situation of persons with disabilities, inter alia, by:
 
     (a)  Establishing an appropriate governmental mechanism to be responsible
for policy relating to persons with disabilities and overall coordination;
 
     (b)  Addressing disability issues within integrated social development
policies linked to other socio-economic issues and providing preventive and
rehabilitative measures and an equalization of opportunities, with the
ultimate objective of facilitating the full integration of persons with
disabilities into society;
 
     (c)  Where appropriate, creating new or strengthening existing high-level
national coordinating committees or other similar bodies in accordance with
the Guidelines for the Establishment and Development of National Coordinating
Committees on Disability or Similar Bodies, adopted at Beijing;
 
     (d)  Supporting the development of organizations of persons with
disabilities and using the body of knowledge accumulated by persons with
disabilities or their representatives in decision-making processes;
 
     (e)  Integrating, where possible, disability components into technical
assistance and technical cooperation programmes;
 
     4.   Welcomes the proclamation by the Economic and Social Commission for
Asia and the Pacific of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons,
1993-2002;
 
     5.   Also welcomes the decision of the International Conference of
Ministers Responsible for the Status of Persons with Disabilities, held at
Montreal, Canada, to establish a Working Group of Ministers and the continuing
discussion on the question;
 
     6.   Further welcomes the initiative of the United States of America to
act as host, in cooperation with the United Nations, to an international
conference on disability in the autumn of 1993;
 
     7.   Urges the optimum use of existing United Nations mechanisms and
bodies, including regional commissions, specialized agencies, other
intergovernmental bodies and non-governmental organizations, especially
organizations of persons with disabilities, in the planning, coordination,
implementation and monitoring of the United Nations programme on disability,
in line with the restructuring and streamlining efforts of the United Nations
system and in order to make the most cost-effective use of resources;
 
     8.   Requests the Secretary-General to turn the focus of the United
Nations programme on disability from awareness raising to action, to give
higher priority and visibility to disability issues within the work programme
of the United Nations system, to provide it, through the use of existing
resources, with an adequate allocation of funding to strengthen the leadership
role of the United Nations as a catalyst for change, as a standard-setting
organization, as a forum for the exchange of views and as a promoter of
technical cooperation activities, by:
 
     (a)  Integrating disability issues into the policies, programmes and
projects of the specialized agencies on a broader scale and with a higher
priority;
 
     (b)  Concentrating action and assistance in countries and regions that
are most needy and paying special attention to especially vulnerable groups;
 
     (c)  Considering the creation of a panel of eminent persons, including
persons with disabilities, to advise the Secretary-General on disability
matters; 
 
     (d)  Initiating model pilot projects, in partnership with all interested
parties, to assist Member States in formulating comprehensive and coherent
disability policies and feasible action plans, taking into account diverse
socio-cultural factors and varying levels of economic development;
 
     (e)  Finalizing the revision of the translation into the official
languages of the United Nations of the World Programme of Action, in
particular the terms "impairment", "disability", "handicap" and "disabled
person"; 
 
     (f)  Reviewing the Human Development Index of the United Nations
Development Programme to include an evaluation of the way a society treats its
disabled citizens as a factor of the quality of life in that society;
 
     (g)  Continuing United Nations inter-agency meetings established as a
result of the United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons and focusing such
meetings on the implementation of the World Programme of Action;
 
     (h)  Asking the Statistical Office of the Secretariat, in close
collaboration with the Centre for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs
and the relevant United Nations organizations, to continue its important work
of collecting statistical data about disability matters and to publish updated
disability statistics;
 
     9.   Urges the Commission for Social Development to expedite the
elaboration of standard rules on the equalization of opportunities for
disabled persons;
 
     10.  Encourages the consideration during major forthcoming events,
including the World Conference on Human Rights to be held in 1993, the
International Conference on Population and Development to be held in 1994, the
International Year of the Family to be observed in 1994, the Fourth World
Conference on Women: Action for Equality, Development and Peace, to be held in
1995, and the World Summit for Social Development to be held in 1995, of
disability issues relevant to the subject-matter of those events;
 
     11.  Decides to continue, in response to General Assembly resolution
46/96 and Economic and Social Council decision 1992/276, the United Nations
Voluntary Fund on Disability and encourages the Secretary-General to explore
diversified funding arrangements to support and strengthen the Fund involving
not only Member States, but also the private sector, with due regard to the
need for greater transparency in the management of the Fund;
 
     12.  Appeals to Member States to highlight the observance of the
International Day of Disabled Persons on 3 December every year with a view to
furthering the integration into society of persons with disabilities;
 
     13.  Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General Assembly at
its forty-eighth session on the implementation of the present resolution under
the item entitled "Social development".