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Implementation of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons

Report of the Secretary-General**
A/56/169 and corr. 1

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Fifty-sixth session
Item 121 of the preliminary list*
Social development, including questions
relating to the world social situation and to
youth, ageing, disabled persons and the family

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I. Introduction

II. Overview of recent policy and programme activities

III. Progress in equalization of opportunities by, for and with persons with disabilities

IV. Regional cooperation for equalization of opportunities

V. Perspective framework for the fourth review and appraisal and emerging issues

Projects supported by the United Nations Voluntary Fund on Disability for the period November 2000-June 2001

I. Introduction

1. The present report has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution 54/121 of 17 December 1999, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to submit a report on the implementation of that resolution to it at its fifty-sixth session through the Commission for Social Development. The Secretary-General submitted an interim report to the thirty-ninth session of the Commission (E/CN.5/2001/7), which focused on progress in implementing the priorities for action to further equalization of opportunities of persons with disabilities, as identified in paragraph 4 of the resolution. The present report should be read in conjunction with the interim report.

2. The current report is divided into four parts. The first section describes recent policy and programme initiatives related to persons with disabilities and is based on information submitted by Governments, intergovernmental organizations, organizations of the United Nations system as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The second and third sections examine progress in equalization of opportunities by, for and with persons with disabilities in selected fields of activity and with reference to regional frameworks for cooperation in Africa and in Asia and the Pacific. The fourth section considers substantive aspects of a framework for the fourth review and appraisal of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, which will be submitted to the Assembly at its fifty-seventh session pursuant to paragraph 7 of Assembly resolution 52/82 of 12 December 1997.

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* A/56/50.

** The present report contains responses from States as at 6 July 2001, the deadline set on the note verbale on the subject, dated 15 June 2001

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