Disabilities and rehabilitation

Executive Board of World Health Assembly set to discuss disability at its next meeting

At the request of Member States, the Executive Board will discuss disability at its next meeting in January 2013.

Prior to this the most recent discussion and resolution on disability date from 2005. Since then, there have been several important developments in the area of disability including:

  • adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in December 2006 and its entry into force in May 2008;
  • publication of the first ever World report on disability in 2011 by WHO and the World Bank;
  • • adoption of several United Nations General Assembly resolutions calling for mainstreaming of disability in the development and health agendas, including resolution 66/124 calling for a “High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Realization of the Millennium Development Goals and Other Internationally Agreed Development Goals for Persons with Disabilities”. The High-level Meeting will take place on 23 September 2013 at the level of Heads of State and Government, under the theme “The way forward: a disability-inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond”.

Members of the Executive Board will take the opportunity to express their views on these developments and decide if further discussions are required within the World Health Assembly, the main decision-making body for WHO.

The World Health Assembly meets in Geneva in May each year, and is attended by delegations from all 194 Member States. Its main function is to determine the policies of the Organization.

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