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UN Programme on Disability   Working for full participation and equality

Implementation of the World Programme of Action
concerning Disabled Persons

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CONTENTS

I. Introduction

II. Overview of recent policy and programme activities

III. International norms and standards related to persons with disabilities

IV. Data and statistics concerning persons with disabilities

V. Accessibility at United Nations Headquarters

VI. United Nations Voluntary Fund on Disability

Addendum

I. Analytical review of progress in equalization of opportunities by, for and with persons with disabilities

II. United Nations Voluntary Fund on Disability

Annexes

I. United Nations Voluntary Fund on Disability: projects supported

II. Projects co-financed in cooperation with the Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organizations (AGFUND)

VI. United Nations Voluntary Fund on Disability

38. The Fund became operational in 1980, in connection with the 1981 observance of the International Year of Disabled Persons, and its resources have since supported catalytic and innovative action to further implement the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons. By its resolution 52/82, the General Assembly identified three priorities for action to further the equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities, which have guided activities of the Fund for the biennium 1998-1999. During the 20-month period up to 31 August 1999, the Fund provided nearly US$1 million to 35 disability- related projects. Full details are set out in an addendum to the present report.

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Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Division for Social Policy and Development