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Implementation of the
World Programme of Action
concerning Disabled Persons

Interim Report of the Secretary-General
(E/CN.5/1999/5)

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Commission for Social Development
Thirty-seventh session
Item 3 (b) of the provisional agenda
9–19 February 1999

Follow-up to the World Summit for Social Development: review of relevant United Nations plans and programmes of action pertaining to the situation of social groups

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I. Introduction

Implementation of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons

Outline

I. Introduction

II. Progress in equalization of opportunities of persons with disabilities

A. Accessibility

B. Social security and social safety nets

C. Employment and sustainable livelihoods

III. Progress in implementation of international norms and standards relating to persons with disabilities

IV. Other priority topics

A. Children with disabilities

B. Assistive technologies: the case of wheeled mobility

V. Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons (1993–2002)

A. Promoting barrier-free societies

B. Selected experiences in promoting non-handicapping environments in Asia and the Pacific

VI. Concluding remarks


The current note has been prepared pursuant to paragraph 10 of General Assembly resolution 52/82, of 12 December 1997, "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-fourth session, through the Commission for Social Development at its thirty-seventh session. The note also responds to Economic and Social Council resolution 1997/19, of 21 July 1997, "Equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities", in which, in paragraph 21, the Council requests the Secretary-General to include in his report to the Commission at its thirty-seventh session activities of the United Nations system related to its priority theme of social services for all.

The note emphasizes progress in the implementation of paragraph 4 of Assembly resolution 52/82, in which three "key social and economic policy issues related to the equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities" are identified — accessibility, social services and social safety nets, and employment and sustainable livelihoods. The note briefly reviews activities relating to the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons (1993–2002) and progress in the implementation of its goal of "full participation and equality of persons with disabilities".

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