United Nations A/RES/61/106 General Assembly Distr.: General 24 January 2007 Sixty-first session Agenda item 67 (b) Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 13 December 2006 [without reference to a Main Committee (A/61/611)] 61/106. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities The General Assembly, Recalling its resolution 56/168 of 19 December 2001, by which it decided to establish an Ad Hoc Committee, open to the participation of all Member States and observers to the United Nations, to consider proposals for a comprehensive and integral international convention to promote and protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities, based on a holistic approach in the work done in the fields of social development, human rights and non-discrimination and taking into account the recommendations of the Commission on Human Rights and the Commission for Social Development, Recalling also its previous relevant resolutions, the most recent of which was resolution 60/232 of 23 December 2005, as well as relevant resolutions of the Commission for Social Development and the Commission on Human Rights, Welcoming the valuable contributions made by intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and national human rights institutions to the work of the Ad Hoc Committee, Expresses its appreciation to the Ad Hoc Committee for having 1. concluded the elaboration of the draft Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the draft Optional Protocol to the Convention; Adopts the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the 2. Optional Protocol to the Convention annexed to the present resolution, which shall be open for signature at United Nations Headquarters in New York as of 30 March 2007; Calls upon States to consider signing and ratifying the Convention and 3. the Optional Protocol as a matter of priority, and expresses the hope that they will enter into force at an early date; Requests the Secretary-General to provide the staff and facilities 4. necessary for the effective performance of the functions of the Conference of States Parties and the Committee under the Convention and the Optional Protocol after the entry into force of the Convention, as well as for the dissemination of information on the Convention and the Optional Protocol; 06-50079

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