SDD participates in launch of Global Survey for Persons with Disabilities
Mr. Francois Farah, Chief, Social Development Division participated in the launch of the “Report of ?the Global Survey on Government Actions on the Implementation of the Standard Rules on the ?Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities” . The Launch was organized by the Office ?of the UN Special Rapporteur on Disability in Doha, Qatar, 30-31 January 2006. A large and ?distinguished audience including Ministers, Heads of Diplomatic Missions, and specialized UN ?Agencies participated in the event. ?? ?Statements were made by the UN Special Rapporteur on ?Disability, the representative of the HSBC, which sponsored the whole event and Mr. Farah.?
In his statement, Mr. Farah commended the issuance of the Report, and said that ESCWA looked ?forward to benefit from it. He also mentioned that ESCWA was very keen on monitoring international ?instruments, such as the Standard Rules, that address the advancement of the quality of life of disabled ?persons. In this connection, Mr. Farah said that SDD had recently completed a regional report on the ?progress of implementation of the Arab Decade on Disability, 2004 -2013. The Report will be ?presented and discussed during the forthcoming 6th Session of the Committee on Social Development, ?in Amman, March 2007.
The Special Rapporteur on Disability of the Commission for Social Development
Report of the Global Survey on Government Actions on the Implementation of the Standard Rules on ?the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities