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In paragraph 5 of its resolution 52/82 of 1997, the General Assembly requested Governments to cooperate with the United Nations Statistics Division to improve statistics and indicators on disability. The implementation and monitoring of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons1 as well as the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities2 place great demands on countries and international organizations for the development of data and statistics.
Given the role that Division for Social Policy and Development3 of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs4 has been playing within the United Nations in the field of disability prevention, rehabilitation and equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities, in 1982, the General Assembly designated the Division the focal point for coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the World Programme of Action, including its review and appraisal.5
3 Former Centre for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs.
4 Former Department of International Economic and Social Affairs.
5 World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, para. 156.