A/RES/63/150 United Nations Distr.: General 11 February 2009 General Assembly Sixty-third session Agenda item 55 (e) Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 18 December 2008 [on the report of the Third Committee (A/63/424)] 63/150. Realizing the Millennium Development Goals for persons with disabilities through the implementation of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities The General Assembly, Recalling its previous resolutions concerning persons with disabilities, in particular resolutions 62/127 and 62/170 of 18 December 2007, Recognizing the important role of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons 1 as a policy instrument and of the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities 2 as an instrument in support of efforts for persons with disabilities, and the need to update those instruments in the light of the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 3 0F 1F 2F Welcoming the entry into force, on 3 May 2008, of the Convention and the Optional Protocol thereto, 4 the purpose of which is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities and to promote respect for their inherent dignity, and recognizing that the adoption of the Convention represents a crucial opportunity to consolidate disability-related activities within the United Nations system, 3F Aware that there are at least 650 million persons with disabilities worldwide, of whom 80 per cent live in developing countries, and that the majority of persons with disabilities live in conditions of poverty, and in this regard recognizing the critical need to address the negative impact of poverty on persons with disabilities, Bearing in mind that conditions of peace and security based on full respect for the purposes and principles contained in the Charter of the United Nations and observance of applicable human rights instruments are indispensable for the full protection of persons with disabilities, in particular during armed conflicts and foreign occupation, _______________ 1 A/37/351/Add.1 and Corr.1, annex, sect. VIII, recommendation I (IV). Resolution 48/96, annex. 3 Resolution 61/106, annex I. 4 Ibid., annex II. 2 08-47979

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