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

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, INCLUDING QUESTIONS RELATING TO THE WORLD SOCIAL SITUATION AND TO YOUTH, AGEING, DISABLED PERSONS AND THE FAMILY

A52/56
Fifty-second session
Note by the Secretary-General

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Annex

Final 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

CONTENTS

I. INTRODUCTION

II. BACKGROUND AND FRAMEWORK FOR THE ACTIVITY

A. Background
B. The monitoring mechanism
C. Meetings of the panel of experts
D. Guidelines issued by the Commission for Social Development

III. ACTIVITIES OF THE UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM

A. Human rights and disability
B. Disability statistics programme of the Statistical Division of the Department for Economic and Social Information and Policy Analysis
C. United Nations Children's Fund
D. International Labour Organization
E. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
F. World Health Organization

IV. ACTIVITIES OF NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS

V. ACTIVITIES OF THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR

A. Promoting implementation of the Standard Rules

1. Meetings with Governments
2. Conferences
3. Correspondence and communications

B. Surveying progress

1. First survey
2. Second survey
(a) General policy
(b) Legislation: rule 15
(c) Accessibility: rule 5
(d) Organizations of persons with disabilities:
rule 18

(e) Coordination of work: rule 17

C. Related surveys - education: rule 6

1. Legal regulation of the right to special education
2. Parents' role
3. Education forms and the issue of integration
4. Special education legislation

D. Related survey - employment: rule 7

1. Summary of rule 7
2. ILO Convention No. 159

VI. CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

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.

2. In section IV, paragraph 2, of the 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 Mr. Bengt Lindqvist (Sweden) as Special Rapporteur. The Special Rapporteur prepared a report for the consideration of the Commission for Social Development at its thirty-fourth session. On the basis of that report and the findings of the Commission's working group, the Commission adopted resolution 34/2, entitled "Monitoring the implementation of the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities".1 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. 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 1997. The Commission is requested to make its recommendations in that regard to the Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly.

5. The final report of the Special Rapporteur on monitoring the implementation of the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, is annexed to the present note.


Notes

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

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