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UN Human Rights Chief offers her support for a new Convention on the rights of older persons

UN Human Rights Chief offers her support for a new Convention on the rights of older persons

Opening the 2014 Social Forum in Geneva, UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay urges governments to consider a dedicated Convention to promote and protect the human rights of older persons.
Globalization – a paradox of perils and opportunities

Globalization – a paradox of perils and opportunities

The importance of people-centred development in an increasingly globalized world is the focus of this year’s Social Forum in Geneva.
Older persons, “free and equal in dignity and rights”

Older persons, “free and equal in dignity and rights”

By 2050, seniors will represent 20% of the world’s population. However, their rights are not well-protected in the current international human rights framework.
Bringing health-related rights home for older persons

Bringing health-related rights home for older persons

The UN Special Rapporteur calls on the global community to better protect the right to health of older persons in a rapidly ageing world.
Reports highlight need for alternatives to institutional care

Reports highlight need for alternatives to institutional care

European and Central Asian Governments have a responsibility to develop community-based alternatives to institutional care, two new UN studies highlight.
‘Human rights don’t stop at 60’

‘Human rights don’t stop at 60’

Human rights experts call for dedicated efforts to pinpoint, stop and prevent discrimination against older persons.
Seeking stronger protection for older persons

Seeking stronger protection for older persons

Governments and human rights experts discuss ways to protect the human rights of older persons.
A global shift: the ageing of the world’s population

A global shift: the ageing of the world’s population

The UN Human Rights Chief calls on all governments to protect the human rights of older persons