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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.
8 April 2014
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.
10 October 2012
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.
3 October 2012
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.
27 September 2011
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.
16 August 2011
‘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.
11 August 2011
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.
21 April 2011
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
1 October 2010