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Report of the Special Rapporteur of the Commission for Social Development on monitoring the implementation of the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities on his third mandate, 2000-2002

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Commission for Social Development
Fortieth session

12-22 February 2002
Item 3 (b) of the provisional agenda*
Follow-up to the World Summit for Social Development and
the twenty-fourth special session of the General Assembly:
review of relevant United Nations plans and programmes of
action pertaining to the situation of social groups

CONTENTS

Monitoring the implementation of the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities
Note by the Secretary-General

Report of the Special Rapporteur of the Commission for Social Development on monitoring the implementation of the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities on his third mandate, 2000-2002 :

I. Introduction
II. The Mandate
III. Activities during the period of the third mandate
IV. Issues for the future
V. Summary and Recommendations
Annex

Monitoring the implementation of the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities

Note by the Secretary-General

1.        At its forty-eighth session, the General Assembly adopted the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, contained in the annex to its resolution 48/96 of 20 December 1993.[1] These 22 Rules provide a framework to further implement the goals of “equality” and “full participation” of disabled persons in social life and development set forth in the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, adopted by the General Assembly in its resolution 37/52 of 3 December 1982.[2]

2.        In section IV, paragraph 2, of the Standard Rules, it is stipulated that the Rules shall be monitored within the framework of the sessions of the Commission for Social Development. The appointment of a Special Rapporteur to monitor their implementation within the framework of the Commission for Social Development was also envisaged in that paragraph.

3.        In March 1994, the Secretary-General appointed Bengt Lindqvist (Sweden) as Special Rapporteur on Disability of the Commission for Social Development. The Special Rapporteur prepared a report for the consideration of the Commission for Social Development at its thirty-fourth session in 1995.[3] On the basis of that report and the findings of a working group established during the Commission, the Commission adopted resolution 34/2 entitled “Monitoring the implementation of the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities”.[4] In that resolution, the Commission took note with appreciation of the report of the Special Rapporteur and of his recommendations and welcomed his general approach to monitoring, including the emphasis to be placed on advice and support to States in the implementation of the Rules.

4.        At its thirty-fifth session in 1997, the Commission for Social Development considered the report of the Special Rapporteur on monitoring the implementation of the Standard Rules for the period from 1994 to 1996.[5] The Commission took note with appreciation of the valuable work done by the Special Rapporteur, decided to renew his mandate for a further three years and requested the Special Rapporteur to prepare a report for submission to the Commission at its thirty-eighth session in 2000.[6]

5.        At its thirty-eighth session in 2000, the Commission for Social Development considered the report of the Special Rapporteur on monitoring the implementation of the Standard Rules for the period from 1997 to 2000.[7] The Commission took note with appreciation of the valuable work done by the Special Rapporteur, decided to renew his mandate for a further period through the year 2002 and requested the Special Rapporteur to prepare a report for submission to the Commission at its fortieth session in 2002 in which he should, inter alia, present his views on further developing the proposals contained in his report on his second mission[8] and on forms for complementing and developing the Standard Rules.[9]

6.        In section IV, paragraph 12 of the Rules, it is further stipulated that at its session following the end of the Special Rapporteur’s mandate, the Commission should examine the possibility of either renewing that mandate, appointing a new Special Rapporteur or considering another monitoring mechanism, and should make appropriate recommendations to the Economic and Social Council. The present mandate of the Special Rapporteur will come to an end in 2002. The Commission is requested to make its recommendations in that regard to the Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly.

7.        The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the Commission the report of the Special Rapporteur on monitoring the implementation of the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities during the period 2000-2002.

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Notes

1  Available from http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/enable/dissre00.htm.

2  A/37/351/Add.1 and Add.1/Corr.1, sect VIII. Available from http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/enable/diswpa00.htm.

3  A/50/374, annex.

4  Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, 1995, Supplement No. 4 (E/1995/24), chap. I, sect. E.

5  A/52/56, annex. Available from http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/enable/dismsre0.htm.

6  Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, 1997, Supplement No. 6 (E/1997/26), chap. I, sect. A, subsequently adopted as Economic and Social Council resolution 1997/19 of 21 July1997.

7  E/CN.5/2000/3, annex. Available from http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/enable/disecn003e0.htm.

8   Ibid.

9  Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, 2000, Supplement No. 6 (E/2000/26), chap. I, sect. A, subsequently adopted as Economic and Social Council resolution 2000/10 of 27 July 2000.

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