Why we need a convention for older persons

Age discrimination and ageism are tolerated across the world, and older people experience discrimination and the violation of their rights at family, community and institutional levels. At the same time unprecedented demographic ageing means that the number of people who are likely to experience age discrimination and violation of their rights in old age will […]

Call for inputs until 5 May 2017

Call for inputs on focus issues of the 8th session: The deadline is 5 May 2017. All Member States, accredited non-governmental organizations and national human rights institutions with “A” status are invited to respond to “guiding questions” on the topics of “equality and non-discrimination” as well as “neglect, violence and abuse” in the context of […]

The 34th session of Human Rights Council

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL   The 34th session of Human Rights Council takes place 27 February-24 March 2017. All relevant documentation can be found here.   Several reports to this session include explicit reference to Older Persons, in particular: A/HRC/34/58 Report of the Special Rapporteur (SR) on the rights of persons with disabilities A/HRC/34/58/Add.1 Report of […]


OPEN-ENDED WORKING GROUP ON AGEING FOR THE PURPOSE OF STRENGTHENING THE PROTECTION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF OLDER PERSONS See the report of the 7th session of The Open-ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG) in New York: . All the information about the OEWG and its sessions can be found here.

CoA wrote an article for UN Special

Silvia Levin Perel, the chair of our Committee on Ageing has written an article about ageism. “Human rights should apply to everyone everywhere throughout the course of life. But in reality, upper-age limits in all fields of life prevent older persons from exercising their rights, whether it is employment, access to health and care services, […]

Habitat lll

Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development to take place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 – 20 October 2016

Towards a UN Convention on the rights of older persons?

28 September 2016 15.00 – 17.00 European Parliament Rationale The human rights of all individuals in Europe, including older persons, are protected in various binding international and regional human rights conventions. However, international human rights conventions do not specifically address age discrimination or refer to older persons. Regional human rights laws also do not protect […]

On human rights of older persons: imperatives & desiderata

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 – 16h30-18h00. United Nations Human Rights Council  33rd session (13-30 September 2016) Side-Event: On human rights of older persons: imperatives & desiderata Geneva, Palais des Nations, Conference Room XXIII   By 2050, there will be more older persons than children under 15 worldwide. This unprecedented demographic shift has far-reaching implications for society […]

Protecting the Rights of Older Persons: Technical briefings at the CRPD

Two technical briefings on the rights of older persons took place at the 16th session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at the Palais Wilson, Geneva, headquarters of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) The main target audience of these briefings were the members of the […]

SDGs Platform

Visit the SDGs Platform and find a lot of information. Older persons are included directly or by implication in 15 of the 17 SDGs . Read more