The first substantive session of the Open-ended Working Group on strengthening the protection of human rights of older persons

New York
18 - 21 April, 2011

The working group was established by the General Assembly resolution 65/182 on 21 December 2010. This landmark decision to focus attention on the rights of older persons came nearly ten years after the adoption of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing in 2002. It recognizes that national development strategies, policies and programmes still often fall short of addressing older persons┐ right to participate in society and development, and to live safe and dignified lives.

The current situation of the human rights of older persons around the world will be considered. The group will also identify possible gaps and how best to address them, including by considering, as appropriate, the feasibility of further instruments and measures. It will draw on the experience and expertise of Member States, the UN system, NGOs, national human rights institutions, human rights mandate-holders and treaty bodies and a range of stakeholders.

The first session will focus on understanding the current situation of the human rights of older persons around the world. This includes two panel discussions on the existing international and regional human rights frameworks. At the end of the first session the working group is expected to start identifying possible gaps and measures to address them.

Detailed Information
Date 18 - 21 April, 2011
Location New York
Organizer Division for Inclusive Social Development [ Content posted by United Nations Secretariat, Agency, or Programme UN ENTITY ]
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