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27 September 1994
Agenda item 95
SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, INCLUDING QUESTIONS RELATING TO THE
WORLD SOCIAL SITUATION AND TO YOUTH, AGEING, DISABLED
PERSONS AND THE FAMILY
Implementation of the World Programme of Action
concerning Disabled Persons
Report of the Secretary-General
1. The present report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 48/99 of 20 December 1993, which requested the Secretary-General to continue to give higher priority to disability issues within the programmes of work of the United Nations system and to report to the Assembly at its forty-ninth session on relevant developments in the area and in the context of his report on the development of a plan of action to implement the long-term strategy to further the implementation of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons. The draft plan of action, requested by the General Assembly in its resolution 48/99 and by the Economic and Social Council in its resolution 1993/20 of 27 July 1993, is attached as an annex to the present report.
Measures undertaken by the United Nations system
United Nations Refugee and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near
21. UNRWA has taken a number of initiatives in the field of disability, including community-based services for disabled persons in its area of operations, through community rehabilitation centres and health programmes aimed at preventing disabling illness and conditions. UNRWA reports that poliomyelitis is virtually eradicated among Palestinian refugee children. UNRWA has set a target for 2 per cent of new staff recruitment to be drawn from appropriately qualified disabled persons. In the light of recent political developments, UNRWA intends to direct special attention to building capacities of the Palestinian people to plan and manage sustainable services for disabled persons, and to effective integration of disabled persons, in the educational, social and economic sectors.