We must shift our narratives around older persons – moving away from an ageist, paternalistic view to one anchored in full respect for the equal rights and dignity of people of all ages. Older people are as diverse as any other population. Assuming that they are necessarily frail and dependent is not only inaccurate, it is harmful to all of society.” Michelle BACHELET, High Commissioner for Human Rights, 1st October 2020
On 14 December 2020, The United Nations General Assembly declared 2021-2030 the Decade of Healthy Ageing.
“Today’s announcement of the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing sends a clear signal that it is only by working as one, within the United Nations system and with governments, civil society and the private sector, that we will be able to not only add years to life, but also life to years,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, in response to today’s development.
The Global report on ageism outlines a framework for action to reduce ageism including specific recommendations for different actors (e.g. government, UN agencies, civil society organizations, private sector). It brings together the best available evidence on the nature and magnitude of ageism, its determinants and its impact. It outlines what strategies work to prevent and counter ageism, identifies gaps and proposes future lines of research to improve our understanding of ageism.
UN75: Shaping our Future Together
Listening to people’s priorities and expectations of international cooperation
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres saw the UN’ 75th anniversary as an opportunity for the Organisation to listen directly to the people it serves. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the world faced a growing list of global challenges: from tsahe climate crisis and environmental degradation to nuclear weapons, deepening inequalities, rapid changes in our populations, the transformative impact of new technologies and new forms and patterns of violence.
In January 2020, the UN launched a yearlong, global initiative to listen to people’s priorities and expectations of international cooperation. Through surveys and dialogues, more than 1.5 million people from all walks of life shared their hopes and fears for the future, and discussed how all actors, including the UN, can innovate and work together to better to address the global challenges we face. Read More…
The Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older people- Ms. Claudia Mahler
Ms. Claudia Mahler (Austria) has been working for the German Institute for Human Rights as a senior researcher in the field of economic, social and cultural rights since 2010. She is also a visiting professor at the Alice Salomon Hochschule. From 2001 to 2009, Ms. Mahler conducted research at the Human Rights Centre of the University of Potsdam where her main fields were in human rights education, minority rights and the law of asylum. In 2000, she was appointed as Vice President of the Human Rights Commission for Tyrol and Vorarlberg. She has also worked as a lecturer in the field of human rights law and as a consultant to OHCHR in Geneva. From 1997-2001, she held the position of an assistant at the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck, Austria in the field of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedures. Ms. Mahler received her doctoral degree in 2000. Read more…
The Open-ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG)
The OEWG is a UN working group that meets in New York. It was established by a resolution at the 2010 General Assembly. Read the resolution A/RES/65/182. Since the establishment of this working group, every year a session has been held. Read more…
Interactive civil society dialogue with WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
“Strengthening connections across sectors: Building partnerships for healthy ageing in and beyond the COVID-19 era” Wednesday 16 June 15:00-16:30 Geneva time. Organized by a consortium of civil soc...
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – Access to justice
Virtual Event, Tuesday 15 June 2021 at 09:00-10:15 EST (NY), 15:00-16:15 CEST (Geneva) The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) founded the first World Elder Abuse Awaren...
Healthy and Active Ageing in a Sustainable World: Synergies between international initiatives on ageing – one reporting exercise
This second interactive event in the MIPAA+20 webinar series will focus on the synergies between MIPAA and related international initiatives in the field of ageing. It will provide the opportunity ...
UN75 Consultation – Vote for a UN convention on the human rights of older persons!
The UN is inviting stakeholders to participate in a digital consultation as part of the ongoing dialogue for the UN's 75th anniversary. This digital consultation seeks to identify bold, actionable ...
Making participation meaningful: bringing governments and civil society together
In preparation of the 4th review and appraisal of the implementation of 2002 MIPAA (the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing), the UNECE, together with BAGSO, AGE Platform Europe, the Germ...
Our rights under threat as we grow old: A timely expert discussion on the intersection of disability and age
Virtual Side event during the 13th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPDTuesday, 1 December, 1:15-2:30 pm – NY Time, 7:15-8:30 pm – GVA Time Register here The COVID-1...
International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) on 1 October – Join us
As organisations around the world prepare to mark the International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) on 1 October, our Geneva NGO Committee on Ageing joined forces with WHO, OHCHR and UNFPA to organise ...
The impact of COVID-19 on Violence, Abuse and Neglect of Older Persons- World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Webinar on Tuesday 16 June 2020 at 14:00 Geneva/ 8:00 am New York The UN General Assembly designated 15 June as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (res. A/ RES/66/127). Elder abuse is one of the most ...
Human Rights of older persons in the age of COVID-19 and beyond
A Webinar with the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the new Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons on Tuesday 12 May 2020 at 14:00-15:00 CET – /08:00 a...