Resolution adopted by the General Assembly
[on the report of the Third Committee (A/62/435)]
62/139. World Autism Awareness Day
The General Assembly,
Recalling the 2005 World Summit Outcome1 and the United Nations Millennium Declaration, s well as the outcomes of the major United Nations conferences and summits in the economic, social and related fields,
Recalling also the Convention on the Rights of the Child3 and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 4 according to which children with disabilities should enjoy a full and decent life, in conditions which ensure dignity, promote self-reliance and facilitate the child’s active participation in the community, as well as the full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms on anequal basis with other children,
Affirming that ensuring and promoting the full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all persons with disabilities is critical to achievinginternationally agreed development goals,
Aware that autism is a lifelong developmental disability that manifests itself during the first three years of life and results from a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, mostly affecting children in many countries irrespective of gender, race or socio-economic status, and characterized by impairments in social interaction, problems with verbal and non-verbal communication and restricted, repetitive behaviour, interests and activities,
Deeply concerned by the prevalence and high rate of autism in children in all regions of the world and the consequent development challenges to long-term healthcare, education, training and intervention programmes undertaken by Governments,non-governmental organizations and the private sector, as well as its tremendous impact on children, their families, communities and societies,
Recalling that early diagnosis and appropriate research and interventions are vital to the growth and development of the individual,
- Decides to designate 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day, to be observed every year beginning in 2008;
- Invites all Member States, relevant organizations of the United Nations system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to observe World Autism Awareness Day in an appropriate manner, in order to raise public awareness of autism;
- Encourages Member States to take measures to raise awareness throughout society, including at the family level, regarding children with autism;
- Requests the Secretary-General to bring the present resolution to the attention of all Member States and United Nations organizations.
76th plenary meeting, 18 December 2007
Telbru turned four yesterday with a customer appreciation day at our HQ in Berakas and the official launching of the Kadai Telbru at our HQ as well. The celebrations were preceded by a religious ceremony which took place the night before. All pics courtesy of Sudiru Abdullah Photography.