Country Initiatives | Global Aging | Newsletter | March 25, 2023
GAN Joins the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing
BY Katie Smith Sloan
Global Ageing Network (GAN) participated in the United Nation’s 13th Open Ended Working Group meeting in early April to continue the deliberations about the establishment of a UN Convention on the Rights of Older People (UN OEWGA). Deliberations have been ongoing for a number of years and are likely to continue as Member States consider whether they will support such a Convention. Within the broad category of human rights of older persons, sessions will include relevant areas for protection including:
equality and non-discrimination
violence and abuse
autonomy and independence
long-term and palliative care
social protection and social security
education and training
lifelong learning and capacity building
access to justice
right to work and access to the labor market
contribution of older persons to sustainable development
The OEWG will consider the right to health, access to health services, and social inclusion at the upcoming sessino. Several countries like Argentina have been leaders in advocating for and committing to a Convention, but much more support is needed. GAN is grateful to its members Marcus Riley, Andrew Kavala, Bill Smith, and Katie Weiss for their continued advocacy at the UN and unwavering support for the rights of older persons.
To learn more about the UN OEWGA or participate in the 13th session, visit the UNDESA website.