UNITED NATIONS: General Assembly Adopts Two New Resolutions on Disability

The General Assembly adopted two resolutions related to disability in December.

The first, entitled "Implementation of the World Programme of Action Concerning Disabled Persons: Realizing the Millennium Development Goals for Persons with Disabilities," (62/127) calls upon all parties involved in discussions of UN system-wide coherence to ensure that the disability perspective is appropriately incorporated in the implementation of internationally agreed development goals, including the MDGs.

In the resolution, the General Assembly also decided that there will be a fifth review and appraisal of the World Programme of Action, to be conducted at its next session this year.

Finally, it renamed the International Day of Disabled Persons, 3 December, to the "International Day of Persons with Disabilities."

The second resolution adopted, in support of the Convention (62/170), requests the UN Secretariat, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, to continue efforts to disseminate accessible information on the Convention and the Optional Protocol, to promote their understanding, to prepare for their entry into force and to assist States parties in implementing obligations under these instruments.