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COMPILATION OF INTERNATIONAL NORMS
AND STANDARDS RELATING TO DISABILITY

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5. Other Regional Organizations

Index

INTRODUCTION
PART I. National Frameworks for the Protection of Rights of Persons with Disabilities
PART II. The International Human Rights System
PART III. The Regional Human Rights System
1. Europe
1.1 The Council of Europe - instruments
1.2 The Council of Europe - remedies under the European conventions
1.3 The Economic Commission fo Europe
1.4 The European Union
2. The Americas
2.1 The Inter American Convention on human Rights
2.2 The Inter-American Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities
2.3 The Inter American Commission on Human Rights
2.4 The Inter American Court of human Rights
3. Africa
3.1 African Human Rights Instruments
3.2 African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights
3.3 Africa Decade of Disabled Persons (2000-2009)
4. Asia
4.1 Regional seminars and meetings
4.2 Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities (1993-2002)
5. Other Regional Organizations
5.1 The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
5.2 The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
5.3 The Economic Commission for Africa
5.4 The Economic Commission for Latin America
PART IV. Towards a Rights Based Perspective on Disability
PART V. Rights of Special Groups with Disabilities

5.1 The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and several Members' Governments of the region established a Trust Fund to promote the Decade of Disabled Persons in the Asia and Pacific Area (1993-2002) due to the scarce resources devoted to rehabilitation of persons with disabilities. Regional action should create self-help organizations for persons with disabilities, promote non-handicapped environments and facilitate regional and / or sub-regional co-operation on production of low-cost, high quality technical aids. During the UN Decade, ESCAP organised training workshops on management of self-help organizations to carry out surveys, prepare technical guidelines and regional conferences of non-Governmental organizations to promote the Decade for Disabled Persons in the Asia and Pacific Area.

5.2 The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

Since 1981, the Member States of the Arab Gulf Programme for the United Nations Development Organizations, the Economic and social Commission for Western Asia (ESCAW), in co-operation with the UN Voluntary Fund on Disability have been financing projects and programmes for disabled persons world-wide.

5.3 The Economic Commission for Africa

The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) organized the African Regional Conference on the International Year of Disabled Persons in 1980 for the development of regional programmes for the socio-economic integration of disabled persons in Africa.

5.4 The Economic Commission for Latin America

In Latin-America, the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC)'s efforts focus upon financial constraints and elimination of negative cultural factors on the image of disabled persons.

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