BRIDGING THE GAP: NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTIONS PROTECTING AND UPHOLDING OLDER PERSONS’ RIGHTS

24 May 2024, 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm, NY Time   –  United Nations Headquarters NYC, Venue CR11

Event hosted by GANHRI on the sidelines of the 14th UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWGA) and the Annual Review Meeting of the GANHRI UNDP OHCHR Tripartite Partnership; with the co-sponsorship of the GANHRI Working Group on Ageing and the Human Rights of Older Persons, the United Nations Development Programme, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Permanent Mission of Georgia to the United Nations, the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations.

Please note that GANHRI is not responsible for issuing badges to access the building. The registration is for internal purposes only and will not allow you to access the meeting room.

A live webcast of the event will be available on UN Web TV through this link: Bridging the Gap: National Human Rights Institutions Protecting and Upholding Older Persons’ Rights (Side Event of the 14th Session of the OEWGA) | UN Web TV

The event will be interpreted in Arabic, English, Korean, and Spanish.

BACKGROUND

Despite efforts to address the rights of older persons within the United Nations framework, significant gaps persist in international human rights law and standards, with no international instrument specifically dedicated to the protection of older persons. In this context, collaborative efforts between National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), civil society organizations, and UN partners are essential in bridging the gap between international human rights norms and domestic implementation.

NHRIs, vested with a unique mandate, are critical in bringing a human rights-based approach to promoting and protecting the rights and welfare of older persons. Through advocacy, monitoring, and strategic engagement with policymakers and civil society, NHRIs not only raise awareness but identify and address systemic challenges, thereby advocating for essential policy reforms. This rights-based approach ensures that the dignity and rights of older persons are at the forefront of national discourse and action. Furthermore, NHRIs facilitate ongoing dialogues with national and international authorities and stakeholders about state obligations to safeguard the rights of older persons, effectively linking international human rights standards with national legal and policy frameworks.

OBJECTIVES

Raise Awareness and Promote Strategic Dialogues: Enhance understanding of the human rights challenges confronting older persons globally, including discrimination, legislative gaps, marginalization, and barriers to participation. Facilitate collaborative discussions to devise national and international strategies aimed at promoting the protection of human rights for older persons

Foster Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration: Facilitate dialogue, knowledge sharing and collaboration among diverse stakeholders, including States, National Human Rights Institutions, Civil Society Organizations and UN partners, to collectively advance the global agenda on older persons’ rights.

Showcase Good Practices: Highlight impactful initiatives by NHRIs, in collaboration with civil society, UN partners and other stakeholders aimed at empowering older persons and promoting their rights at the national and international level

The event is open to all interested participants including Permanent Missions in New York, GANHRI members, NHRI regional networks, NGO representatives, as well as UN partn