Disability and rehabilitation

Technical briefing on disability and development held during 66th World Health Assembly

On 23 May 2013, WHO organized a technical briefing on disability and development during the 66th World Health Assembly. Under the title “Preparing for the UN High-level meeting on Disability and Development: the health sector’s contribution,” the briefing provided input to the upcoming UN High-level Meeting from the perspective of the health sector.

The opening remarks were made by Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General; H.E. Mr Peter Woolcott, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations; Prof Stephen Hawking (by video); and Dr Etienne Krug, WHO Director, Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability.

During the briefing, H.E. Mr Peter Woolcott moderatef a panel discussion. Participants included: Alexandre Jollien, Swiss philosopher; Ana Maria Menendez Perez, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Spain to the United Nations; H.E. Dr Onyebuchi Chukwu, Minister of Health, Nigeria; H.E. Dr Gwen Malegwale Ramokgopa, Deputy Minister of Health, South Africa; and Dr Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health at the United States Agency for International Development.

The briefing coincided with the debate on the draft resolution on disability, adopted by the World Health Assembly. The resolution endorses the recommendations of the World report on disability and calls for WHO and Member States to ensure equal access to health services for people with disabilities.