Launch of ENNHRI Guidance paper on opportunities for NHRIs to work towards new Convention on the Rights of Older Persons

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Deadline: 23 January 2 pm CET


Since the establishment of the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWGA) in 2010, discussions have been ongoing on both the need for a new Convention on the Rights of Older Persons and its normative content.
The interest to act on this topic by a growing number of states in the past year can be seen as a breakthrough. This is a crucial time for NHRIs to advocate for a new convention at the national, regional and international levels.

The new ENNHRI guidance paper outlines the current approaches towards a new Convention on the Rights of Older Persons and key recent developments in this regard. It also sets out opportunities for European NHRIs to contribute to this crucial process.
Collectively and individually, NHRIs have supported the development of a new binding instrument, including through common positions reached through ENNHRI. The ENNHRI Core Group on the Human Rights of Older Persons and the GANHRI Working Group on Ageing and Human Rights of Older Persons serve as an information and co-ordination hubs for this advocacy work.

The meeting provides an opportunity to learn about the current state of debate regarding the need for a UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons. It has been designed also as an introduction for NHRI staff members who are new to the topic. By the end of this meeting, we hope people working at NHRIs across Europe will have a better understanding of the process surrounding theĀ  creation a new UN treaty, and how their institutions can bolster meaningful engagement at home and on the international level.


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