ERIC Number: ED355683
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Making the Most of the United Nations.
This report summarizes current activities of the United Nations (UN) system that relate to individuals with mental handicaps, and suggests ways to influence UN organizations to support the needs of people disabled in this way. The report describes the work of the UN Economic and Social Council; the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO); the UN Children's Fund; the International Labour Organisation; the World Health Organisation; and the UN Development Programme. A list of disability issues and initiatives that have been considered by the UN is provided. Representation of international nongovernmental organizations at UN meetings is noted. Eight areas are targeted as the recommended focus of organizations working to ensure that the distinctive needs of people with mental handicaps and their families are fully included in national and regional discussions and decisions. The eight areas include such efforts as lobbying of government representatives, developing National Coordinating Committees on Disability, contacting regional UN offices, using UNESCO resources, and developing policy on vocational training and employment. An appendix provides a list of key international organizations. (JDD)
Descriptors: Advocacy, Institutional Mission, International Organizations, Mental Retardation, Organizational Objectives, Policy Formation
International League of Societies for Persons with Mental Handicap, 248 Avenue Louise, Box 17, B-1050, Brussels, Belgium ($6).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International League of Societies for Persons with Mental Handicaps, Brussels (Belgium).