Rights of older persons : Substantive resolution adopted by UN Council
The Human rights Council (HRC) of the United Nations adopted its first-ever substantive resolution last 7th October 2021. This adoption marks an important step forward in advancing older people’s rights and the fight against ageism and age-based discrimination worldwide.
By this resolution, the Human Rights Council requests the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a report on international legal standards and obligations in relation to the promotion and protection of the human rights of older persons ahead of its forty-ninth session in March 2022.
The HRC resolution reaffirms the obligation of all States to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of older people. It also provides strong agreed language that governments and other stakeholders can refer to and draw upon when considering these issues in their future work on human rights.
This resolution was adopted by consensus and was co-sponsored by a large number of EU member states. Civil society organisations are encouraged to appeal to the commitment of governments and encourage them to act on the resolution.
- Read this briefing by the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older Persons (GAROP) for more details on how to get involved.
As a follow-up to this resolution, a call for written inputs to inform the development of the above mentioned report has been issued by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) with the deadline of 6 December. AGE will reply to this call stressing the need for further UN action to protect the rights of older people and calling for a new UN convention.
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