The HRC 48 adopted by consensus resolution on the rights of older persons

The Human Rights Council has passed a resolution to promote and protect the human rights of older persons. While all people have rights protected under the Universal Convention of Human Rights, this resolution recognises the risks to these rights for older people and the special protections that may be required. These needs include prevention of and protection against violence, abuse and neglect, social protection, food and housing, the right to work and  access to the labour market, equality and non-discrimination, access to justice, new technologies, education, training, health support, long-term and palliative care, lifelong learning, participation, accessibility and unpaid care work.

The UN is also concerned that older persons with disabilities and those with underlying health conditions, have been disproportionally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which in addition to high morbidity and mortality has exacerbated pre-existing inequalities.

The resolution also recognises that ageism is one of the major impediments to the wellbeing of older people, and limits their rights to participate in society.

The resolution also Emphasises the importanceof promoting inclusive, age-friendly communities and environments and of providing a range of support services that promote the dignity, autonomy and independence of older persons.

Civil society representatives put pressure on UN member states to protect the rights of older persons during Open-ended Working Group on Ageing, UN Headquarters NYC.

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