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NEWSFLASH!! 


 

1.  World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Spotlight on Older Persons in Emergencies

As the world prepares to observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on 15 June, this year DESA programme on ageing, in partnership with the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA), will focus on the theme, "Spotlight on Older Persons in Emergencies," to highlight the critical need to protect and support older persons during crises. Established by the United Nations in 2011, WEAAD aims to raise awareness about the abuse, neglect, and exploitation that older persons face, while promoting respect and dignity for this population.

Emergencies, whether natural disasters, pandemics, or conflicts, disproportionately impact older persons. These events often exacerbate existing vulnerabilities, making it essential to address their needs in emergency planning and response. Older persons may face mobility issues, chronic health conditions, or social isolation, making it difficult for them to access aid, evacuate safely, or receive timely medical care as well as support services. Moreover, the stress and chaos of emergencies can increase the risk of elder abuse, whether physical, emotional, financial, or neglect.

This year's WEAAD calls on Governments, international donors, organizations, and communities to prioritize the safety and well-being of older persons in their emergency preparedness and response strategies. It encourages the development of inclusive policies that ensure older persons are not overlooked during crises. This includes creating accessible evacuation plans, ensuring continuity of healthcare services, and providing targeted support to prevent isolation and abuse.

WEAAD 2024 also emphasizes the importance of education and training for emergency responders, caregivers, and the public. By increasing awareness about the specific challenges faced by older persons in emergencies, we can foster a more inclusive and protective environment. 

As we come together to observe WEAAD, let us reaffirm our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of older persons, ensuring that no one is left behind, especially in times of crisis.

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2.  The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will be convening an expert meeting on the human rights obligations of States regarding violence against, abuse and neglect of older persons in all settings, at the request of the Human Rights Council.  The event will take place over two days, 13 and 14 June 2024, from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. EDT.  The objective of the two-day meeting is to discuss challenges and gaps in international human rights law and mechanisms concerning violence, abuse and neglect of older persons in all settings, including private, public and institutional settings, as well as specific contexts like armed conflicts, natural disasters and pandemics.  The meeting will learn from current practices and experiences at national and regional levels and develop recommendations on States' human rights obligations to address these issues and the unique risks faced by older persons.   For information on the concept note, programme and registration, go to:  https://www.ohchr.org/en/events/meetings/2024/expert-meeting-human-rights-obligations-states-regarding-violence-against

3.  The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will be convening an expert meeting on the human rights obligations of States regarding violence against, abuse and neglect of older persons in all settings, at the request of the Human Rights Council.  

The event will take place over two days, 13 and 14 June 2024, from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. EDT.

  The objective of the two-day meeting is to discuss challenges and gaps in international human rights law and mechanisms concerning violence, abuse and neglect of older persons in all settings, including private, public and institutional settings, as well as specific contexts like armed conflicts, natural disasters and pandemics.  The meeting will learn from current practices and experiences at national and regional levels and develop recommendations on States' human rights obligations to address these issues and the unique risks faced by older persons.   

For information on the concept note, programme and registration, go to: 

https://www.ohchr.org/en/events/meetings/2024/expert-meeting-human-rights-obligations-states-regarding-violence-against

OUTCOME OF THE 14th SESSION OF THE OPEN-ENDED WORKING GROUP ON AGEING

The Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWGA) ended its 14th session (20-24 May 2024) by adopting intergovernmental negotiated recommendations which acknowledged that there are gaps in the international framework of the human rights of older persons

Those recommendations were based on responses to a questionnaire sent by the Co-Facilitators (Brazil and Portugal) to Member States, National Human Rights Institutions and NGOs; and findings from numerous reports prepared by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and by the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons,  made available to the OEWGA over the past 13 sessions.  

The recommendations acknowledged that eliminating ageism, and all forms of violence, discrimination and neglect against older persons, as well as eradicating poverty in all its dimensions, and promoting their dignity and well-being, is fundamental for the full enjoyment of their human rights and fundamental freedoms.,  

The recommendations also listed a number of options on how best to address those gaps.  One of those options was “an international legally binding instrument to promote, protect and ensure the recognition and the realization, on an equal basis, of all human rights of older persons”.    Please note that this does not mean that Member States have agreed to have a legally binding instrument.

Those recommendations, including the options, will be presented to the General Assembly for considering next steps on the protection and promotion of the human rights of older persons.  

How will the General Assembly address next steps?  Member States in New York will be holding consultations in the coming weeks on how to move forward.   Watch this space for outcome of those consultations and what decision will be taken by the General Assembly about the way forward, including the status of the OEWGA. 

Website for information on the 14th session of the OEWGA:  https://social.un.org/ageing-working-group/fourteenthsession.shtml

For brief background notes on the history and work of the OEWGA:  https://ngocoa-ny.org/resolutions-and-background.pdf.

4.   PETITION TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF OLDER PERSONS !

Please sign, as individuals or organizations, the petition prepared by GAROP (Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People) urging the drafting of an international legal instrument (a convention) to protect the rights of older persons around the world.  The coming months will be crucial for advocacy efforts to lead up to the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing when it meets, from 20 to 24 May 2024 to discuss the possible gaps in the existing international human rights framework for the rights of older persons and options on how best to address them.  Don't let Member States at the United Nations turn their backs on older persons - we need to urge them to start drafting a convention.  Anything less is not acceptable.   Join over 1,400 signatories already!!!   Your support is very important as the petition will be forwarded to government officials at the national level and to government representatives at the United Nations. Access the petition here: https://rightsofolderpeople.org/age-with-rights-petition/.

5. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL SUPPORTS A CONVENTION TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF OLDER PERSONS !!   See video here:


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RECOMMENDED EVENTS

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14 June 2024  -   Observation of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), 

This event is organized by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA).  

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Recent Publications of Interest to us

Ageing of the Oppressed - A Pandemic of Intersecting Injustice

Editor: Silvia Perel-Levin

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Ageing of the Oppressed: A Pandemic of Intersectional Injustice explores what it is like to grow older with accumulating and intersecting discrimination. It condemns ageism and other "isms." Despite its visibility during the COVID-19 pandemic, ageism is not a new phenomenon but one that has been ignored for too long by policymakers and the general population. The negative language used to describe population ageing adds fuel to the fire by filling people’s minds with ageist images that permeate all levels and sectors of society. We should all be recognized as full human rights holders, no matter our age, ability, disability, gender or sexual orientation, race, or socio-economic or any other status. This book combines theoretical models and academic essays by top experts with the real-life experience of older persons and activists. It is a must-read for advocates for human rights; policymakers; service providers; students of social and health sciences, the humanities, and law; and anybody willing to challenge assumptions and practices. The proposed UN Convention on the human rights of older persons will be a step forward to providing older persons with a remedy for daily and often life-long oppression.


Intergenerational Solidarity and Equity for Future Generations of Older Persons Through a Human Rights Lens

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Annual report of the Secretary-General to the General Assembly – the topic refers to implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (https://undocs.org/A/78/134)


Reports of the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons on:


Report of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing at its 13th session (https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/N23/118/81/pdf/N2311881.pdf?OpenElement)


Documents submitted to the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing at its 13th session, 3-6 April 2023:  https://social.un.org/ageing-working-group/thirteenthsession.shtml


Report of the OHCHR – Summary of the multi-stakeholder meeting on the human rights of older persons (https://undocs.org/A/HRC/52/49)

Report of the OHCHR – Normative standards and obligations under international law in relation to the promotion and protection of the human rights of older persons (https://undocs.org/A/HRC/49/70).


Report of the Secretary-General on Fourth review and appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2022, (https://undocs.org/E/CN.5/2023/6)


Reports of the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons on:


Report of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing, 12th session:  (https://undocs.org/A/AC.278/2022/2)


Joint letter from the three NGO Committees (New York, Geneva, Vienna) to UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and to UN Women, expressing concerns about lack of references to older women, here: Letter on gender snapshot


Reports on ageing issues prepared by various entities of the UN system can be found in the list of entities under “Resources/Key International Documents on Ageing

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Videos, reports and articles related to COVID-19 can be accessed here.

Useful websites (which also provide links to other useful information):  

https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/pages/home.aspx

https://rightsofolderpeople.org/covid-19-resources-relating-to-older-people/

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

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