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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

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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

I. INTRODUCTION

In his capacity as Special Rapporteur for monitoring the implementation of the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, the Special Rapporteur has the honour to deliver his final report to the Commission for Social Development. It has been a privilege and a stimulating task for him to act as Special Rapporteur in this area. He wishes to express his sincere appreciation to the Secretary-General for showing confidence in him by appointing him to this important task. He would also like to thank all the Governments that have contributed financially to this project, including the Swedish Government, which has provided him with office resources throughout the entire exercise.

From the beginning, and during the whole monitoring activity, the Special Rapporteur has enjoyed the full support of Under-Secretary-General Nitin Desai, and excellent professional advice given by Mr. A. Krassowski and his group in the Department of Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development. He also wishes to express his appreciation for the excellent work performed by his colleagues in his Swedish office.

One key element in the monitoring exercise was the panel of experts, established by six major international non-governmental organizations in the disability field. The panel members, five men and five women with different experiences regarding disability, provided valuable guidance. They were also very understanding when limited resources made it impossible to pursue all good ideas and initiatives.

Finally the Special Rapporteur wishes to thank all those Governments and non-governmental organizations that provided information for his work.

The Special Rapporteur has chosen to describe the entire monitoring exercise. However, as he had delivered an interim report to the Commission for Social Development at its thirty-fourth session, the first year's activities are summarized in the present report. To illustrate how widespread the Standard Rules have become, he has included brief information about activities undertaken by specialized agencies of the United Nations and by non-governmental organizations in the disability field. The main emphasis in the report is on recent activities and on the second extensive survey, which was a main activity during 1996. In the final section of the report - Conclusions and recommendations - he has presented the observations he made during the work on this most stimulating task.

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