International

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Older Persons

We are working with the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) and the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People on the protection of older people’s Human Rights. The United Nations established an Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) in 2010 to examine the human rights of older people and whether existing international frameworks provide sufficient protection.  The OEWG is developing models for a Convention on the Rights of Older Persons which were discussed at its meeting in August 2013.  Sue Hendy, CEO, COTA Victoria, attended these discussions in her capacity as a Director of the IFA and COTA Australia International Ambassador.  You can find out more about the working group at their website.

You can find more information about the protection and promotion of older people’s human rights in Australia in the National Association of Community Legal Centres submission to the Public Consultation on the Human Rights of Older Persons conducted by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.  The submission provides an overview of the main challenges related to the promotion and protection of the human rights of older persons in Australia, and legislative and policy frameworks which protect or promote these rights.

For more information on the OEWG process and on international efforts to build
support for a UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons, visit the IFA website or the website of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People.  The Global Alliance was established by nine key non-governmental organisations and is working to strengthen the rights and voice of older people globally.  Wherever you live, you can join these efforts by registering to receive information from the Global Alliance and by lobbying politicians here in Australia to gain their support for a convention.

For more information on the arguments for a UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons, see this report by HelpAge International.

The original Call for a Convention on the Rights of Older Persons which was presented by the CONGO Committee on Ageing in collaboration with the UN Department of Public Information, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the UN Population Fund in 2008 can be found here.

For more general information on the human rights of older people around the
world, visit the HelpAge International website 

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