Implementation of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons
1. The current report has been prepared pursuant to paragraph 16 of General Assembly resolution 54/121, of 17 December 1999, "Implementation of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons: towards a society for all in the twenty-first century", in which the Assembly requests the Secretary-General to submit a report on implementation of the resolution to the Assembly at its fifty-sixth session, through the Commission for Social Development at its thirty-ninth session.
2. The present interim report is in three parts. The first part describes progress in implementing equalization of opportunities by, for and with persons with disabilities in the light of priorities for action identified in Assembly resolution 54/121. The second part reviews selected experiences in regional cooperation, in particular the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons (1993-2002) and the Africa Decade of Disabled People (2000-2009). The third part presents a perspective framework for the fourth review and appraisal of the World Programme of Action, as requested by the General Assembly in resolution 52/82, of 16 December 1997.