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Open-ended Working Group on Ageing
for the purpose of strengthening the protection
of the human rights of older persons

Call for inputs from NGOs

The Chair-designate of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing invites accredited non-governmental organizations to respond to “guiding questions” on the topics of “equality and non-discrimination” as well as “neglect, violence and abuse” in the context of older persons. The questions will serve as a useful tool to aid the Working Group in continuing its substantive discussion and to focus the deliberations of its forthcoming eighth session.

The deadline is 5 May 2017.


Please submit your responses – in English only and of no more than 2 pages in length (or no more than 800 words) per issue – to the United Nations focal point on Ageing, Ms. Rosemary Lane (ageing@un.org), by 5 May 2017. The Secretariat will prepare a compilation working document containing inputs submitted by Member States, accredited non-governmental organizations, and “A status” national human rights institutions, in order to feed into the substantive discussions of the eighth session of the Working Group. That session will be held from 5 to 7 July 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in Conference Room 4.


The eighth session of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing will focus on “equality and non-discrimination” and “neglect, violence and abuse,” two of the three cluster issues proposed as focus areas during discussions on the way forward at the seventh session. At that session, most delegations expressed common opinions with relation to the future work of the Open-ended Working Group in the sense of focusing the debate on areas where further protection of the human rights of older persons is needed, as well as issues of relevance to older persons and elements that need to be better addressed by the international community in order to allow older persons to fully enjoy their human rights.


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