Thursday, November 15, 2012

Towards a Human Rights Convention on Aging

The NGO Committee on Aging Executive Committee met on November 14, 2012, on the 23rd floor of the DC2 building at 44th and First Avenue in New York. 

We learned that the Government of El Salvador will introduced a Resolution very soon calling for the UN to begin work leading toward a defining and protecting the human rights of older persons across the globe.  But will it attract sufficient votes from Member States to pass?

If you believe that older people require an international binding agreement--via the UN to protect our rights-- call the person in your government who instructs the diplomatic corps about the position that they should take at the UN.  In some countries, this office is known as the National Aging Authority.

Or contact your Mission directly in New York via e-mail.  Let them know of your interest and commitment to a human rights treaty focussed on older persons worldwide. If you don't know the name of your diplomat who works on this isuse, consult the "UN Blue Book" via Google.  Scroll through the list of alphabetized countries until you find your nation's listing.  Look for the person who works on Third Committee issues in the listing:  He or she is your contact to communicate your views about the need for your government to participate in defining elder rights within the UN system.

We who are old and those who are our allies must speak out for our human rights.

Best to you, Susanne Paul at Global Action on Aging

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