International Council on Disability (ICOD)

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1953-02 New York NY USA


Feb 1953, New York NY (USA), as Conference of World Organizations Interested in the Handicapped -- Conférence des organisations mondiales intéressées à l'adaptation des Handicapés, by decision of 2nd Conference of NGOs Interested in the Handicapped, convened by the United Nations, 1st Conference having been held in 1951. Name modified, 1968, to Council of World Organizations Interested in the Handicapped (CWOIH) -- Conseil des organisations mondiales s'intéressant aux handicapés -- Consejo de Organizaciones Mundiales Interesadas en la Readaptación de los Impedidos -- at der Weltorganisationen für Rehabilitation der Behinderten. Listed name adopted 9-10 Jun 1986, Paris (France), at 33rd Annual Meeting. Terms of reference originally approved 18 Nov 1953; subsequently amended 24 Sep 1954, 10 Jun 1966, 13 Jun 1968, 12 Jun 1972, 9 Jul 1973, 9-10 Jun 1986. As of 1997, no longer active.


Assist the United Nations and Specialized Agencies and enlist their cooperation to develop a well coordinated international programme for rehabilitation of the handicapped; serve as permanent liaison body to develop cooperation between NGOs interested in the handicapped and the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies; hold regular meetings with officials of the UN Secretariat; promote an exchange of information between organizations interested in rehabilitation of the handicapped.


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GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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