Sheikha Hessa bint Khalifa bin Ahmed al-Thani was named the Commission’s Special Rapporteur on Disability for 2003 to 2005. The newly appointed Rapporteur is a founding member of the Qatari National Committee for People with Special Needs, which was established in 1998 by Sheikha Moza bint Naser Al-misnad, the consort of the Emir of Qatar, and has been serving as a Vice-President of the Committee since 1999. The task of the Special Rapporteur is to monitor implementation of the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, adopted by the General Assembly in 1993, and to advance the status of people with disabilities throughout the world. The first Special Rapporteur, Bengt Lindqvist of Sweden, was appointed in 1994, and his mandate was renewed twice, in 1997 and 2000, by resolutions of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).