The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol (A/RES/61/106) was adopted on 13 December 2006 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and was opened for signature on 30 March 2007. There were 82 signatories to the Convention, 44 signatories to the Optional Protocol, and 1 ratification of the Convention. This is the highest number of signatories in history to a UN Convention on its opening day.
Resolution adopted by the 59th Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, 4 September 2003, Bangkok
Resolution 59/1 follows up action of the member States on the implementation of HIV/AIDS-related provisions. In addition, the Resolution also notes the continuing high rates of infection among young people and the critical need for increased investment in and implementation of HIV prevention measures for young people.
Resolution adopted by the General Assembly, 27 June 2001, in New York
The Delaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS sets out a series of national targets and global actions to reverse the epidemic and Member States are required to submit Country Progress reports to the UNAIDS Secretariat every two years.
Resolution adopted by the 57th Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, 25 April 2001, Bangkok
Resolution 57/1 recognizes that HIV has generated a global pandemic that far exceeds what was predicted a decade ago, threatening the human security of the Asian and Pacific region. In view of that, the Resolution calls upon the member States to secure a regional commitment to enhancing effective measures in preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS and addressing the social and economic impact of the epidemic.
It is estimated that the proportion of persons aged 60 years and over in the world will double between 2000 and 2050, from 10 to 21 per cent. Population ageing is poised to become one of the greatest challenges in the coming decades with vast economic, social and other consequences.