|DESA News Vol. 13, No. 04||April 2009|
42nd session, New York, 30 March-3 April
8th session, New York, 30 March-3 April
Workshop for Developing Countries, Bogota, Colombia, 31 March – 3 April
Expert Group Meeting, Geneva, 14-16 April
Expert Group Meeting, Doha, 14-16 April
Expert Group Meeting, Gothenburg, Sweden, 16-17 April
8th session, New York, 20 April-1 May
New York, 27 April
Canberra, 28 April – 1 May
Regional Ministerial Meeting on the Annual Ministerial Review, Beijing, 29-30 April
17th session, New York, 4-15 May
Resumed regular session for 2009, 18-27 May
8th session, New York, 18-27 May
Autism is a complex brain disorder that affects people on all continents. It inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioural challenges.
The United Nations marks World Autism Awareness Day on 2 April, to highlight the need to help improve the lives of children and adults who suffer from this disorder. The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day in November 2007.
“On this day, the United Nations reaffirms its commitment to the rights and well-being of people with disabilities -- a commitment rooted in our fundamental principle of universal human rights for all,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement marking the day in 2008.
For more information: http://www.un.org/disabilities/