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UN adopts resolution on human rights of older people
On the 5th of October, the 48th session of the Human Rights Council adopted a substantive resolution on the human rights of older persons focusing on ageism and age-based discrimination. The resolution was sponsored by Argentina, Brazil and Slovenia and cosponsored by more than 50 Member States including Australia.
The UN 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.
Professor Andrew Byrne, 2019 AAG David Wallace Address, along with Professor Julie Byles, AAG Life member and Lead of ILC AU and new Co-President of the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance, have long advocated for this and ILC GA was instrumental in this change.