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UN Programme on Disability   Working for full participation and equality


History of Disability and the United Nations


General Overview: the first fifty years

First Steps: Evolution of Human Rights

International Year of Disabled Persons

World Programme of Action Concerning Disabled Persons

UN Decade of Disabled Persons

Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities

World Summit for Social Development (Copenhagen, 1995)

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities



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Department of Economic and Social Affairs
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