The 66th World Health Assembly held in May 2013 adopted a resolution calling for better health care for people with disabilities and requesting the WHO Director-General to prepare a comprehensive WHO action plan in consultation with United Nations organizations and Member States. It was noted that the plan should be based on the recommendations of the World report on disability and in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
In June and July 2013, the WHO secretariat developed an initial draft of the action plan. From August to November 2013, this draft was reviewed through an extensive consultation process which included meetings in Geneva, New York and WHO regions with officials from Member States, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, regional economic integration organizations, United Nations agencies, nongovernmental organizations, professional associations and disabled peoples’ organizations. In addition a web-based consultation was open to all. Around 300 contributions were received, and WHO used these comments in revising the initial draft.
Draft global disability action plan
Based on this extensive consultation process, the draft WHO global disability action plan 2014-2021: Better health for all people with disabilities is now available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. The 134th Executive Board, which will convene from 20-25 January 2014, is invited to provide guidance on this draft as well as consider submitting it to the 67th World Health Assembly in May 2014.