News

June 2012
Report by UN Rapporteur on Disability

I have just (belatedly) spotted on the web the latest report from the UN Special Rapporteur on Disability, Shuaib Chalklen (South Africa) to the Commission for Social Development's Fiftieth session, 1-10 February 2012.  I first met and worked with Shuaib in Sweden in 2005 and have always been impressed with his tireless work for people living with disabilities around the world.  I am very happy to note that his Special Rapporteur mandate has been extended for the period from 2012 to 2014.  

In all my project planning courses, I recommend that disability is included as an essential cross-cutting issue in all development programmes I also recommend that disaggregated data on the accessing of intervention benefits by persons living with disabilities (PLWDs) should be included in all programme monitoring sources, alongside gender disaggregated data.  This report reinforces my recommendation.  It metions that on 28 July 2011, the UN Economic and Social Council adopted resolution 2011/27, entitled “Further promotion of equalization of opportunities by, for and with persons with disabilities and mainstreaming disability in the development agenda

'Report of the Special Rapporteur on disability of the Commission for Social Development on monitoring of the implementation of the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities' 

The detailed recommendations from the report are:

(a) Member States should support the proposed high-level meeting of the General Assembly on disability and development during its sixty-seventh session at the highest level and commit to disability-inclusive development;

(b) Greater attention should be paid to the post-Millennium Development Goals development agenda, and the inclusion of the disability perspective in the mainstream development agenda;

(c) Disability should be an integral part of the development agenda for both donor and recipient organizations;

(d) There should be better coordination and dialogue between development agencies and organizations of persons with disabilities, to ensure greater awareness of the concerns of persons with disabilities and to share knowledge and information;

(e) Member States should support the United Nations Partnership to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Multi-Donor Trust Fund and its objectives. 


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