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  The United Nations and Disabled Persons -The First Fifty Years

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Chapter VIII

The Standard Rules on Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities: 1993

On 20 December 1993 the General Assembly adopted the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities. The Rules serve as an instrument by which policy makers can form technical and human rights cooperation within and among States, and between international organizations and governmental agencies.

The Rules include a monitoring mechanism to support their implementation. They call for the appointment of a Special Rapporteur who would establish a direct dialogue between Member States, local non-governmental organizations and other intergovernmental bodies in order to implement the Standard Rules. In 1994, Mr. Bengt Lindqvist (Sweden) was appointed Special Rapporteur on Disability of the Commission for Social Development by the Secretary-General.

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