VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLE SERIES. "MAINSTREAMING KNOWLEDGE ON AGEING". 2nd. Event out of 5 (1 hour, 40'): "Two worlds, same goal: Ongoing efforts at the UNGA and the UN HRC for the rights of older persons."
General Scenario for the whole series
Throughout the years, different stakeholders have struggled for the effective promotion and protection of the human rights of older persons. As a result, landmark steps have been taken at international level to strengthen the protection of this group.
While remarkable progresses in particular mechanisms, programs, projects, plans and campaigns have been developed to implement and follow up the commitments undertaken at local, national, regional, and international level, several challenges remain towards the full enjoyment of the rights of older persons.
Problems of ageism, together with gender and other causes of discrimination, as well as the intergenerational gap have increased due to different frontier issues, in particular new technologies, human mobility, and climate change.
In addition, there are still pending tasks to ensure the dignity and human rights of this group, particularly in accessing health and long-term care, life-long learning, the labour market as well as the prevention of abuse and violence.
In this regard, an integral approach is needed to maximize synergies and identify interlinkages across existing and future initiatives. A better understanding of missing elements can be useful to provide the necessary attention, resources, information, options for integration, and services for older persons, including those who are migrants or refugees. The experience coming from ageing place elderly people in a strategic position for supporting this endeavor.
In order to support this aspiration, UNITAR and its 24 International Training Centers for Authorities and Leaders, CIFAL Global Network, UNDESA, UNFPA, IOM, UNWOMEN, UNHCR, WHO, ITU, and OHCHR together with the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuses; the International Longevity Centre; and the Global Initiative on Ageing Foundation, GIA, have joined efforts to put together these Virtual Roundtable Series as a contribution to inclusive learning through enriching dialogues with and different stakeholders.
The first event will take place on the 26th of May, the 2nd one in June, the third one in September, the fourth one in October and the fifth one in December. Each event will take max 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Background of the second event
Ageing and the Human Rights Older Persons have been addressed for many decades in the international arena, mainly at the United Nations General Assembly and its Third Committee, together with the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing in NY. Likewise, it is part of the topics covered by the United Nations Human Rights Council and its Universal Periodic Review. Many different stakeholders have been involved in this endeavor, in particular States, UN agencies, National Human Rights Institutions and Non-Governmental Organizations.
In these scenarios, some core achievements have been made, such as the the UN Principles for older persons (1991), the adoption of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (2002), the creation of the Open-Ended Working Group for the purpose of strengthening the protection of the human rights of older persons (2010), the creation of the mandate for the UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons (2013), and the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing (2021-2030). Moreover, several Resolutions, panels, reports, and other initiatives on the rights of this group have been developed.
In addition, the Group of Friends of Older Persons in NY and the Group of Friends of the Human Rights of Older Persons in Geneva were conformed as the result of the commitment by groups of States in advancing on this topic.
In this regard, this second event will be the opportunity to exchange information from NY and Geneva on the status, developments, and possibilities to complement and align further efforts.
This second event, will take place on Thursday, at 09:30 NY/ 15:30 CET, on the 30th of June, 2022.
General objectives of the whole series
1. Better understanding the current scenario on the thematic.
2. Learning from some good practices and challenges, including policies and strategies, from different stakeholders.
3. Identifying the linkages between the rights of older persons and frontier issues.
4. Recognizing possible synergies for strengthening the protection as well as promoting the free, active, and meaningful participation of older persons.
Specific focus of the second event
To raise awareness on the dynamics in New York and Geneva, as a basis to take stock on existing and upcoming efforts towards strengthening further synergies as well as engaging different actors in the discussions.
- Welcoming remarks
- Keynote speaker
- Wrap-up message
Online. Due to the worldwide situation caused by the pandemic, these events will be celebrated online with spirit of inclusion to allow participants from different parts of the world to join us.
The event is open to different actors interested in Ageing and the rights of older persons, including:
• Public sector officials, policy makers and practitioners
• International Organizations
• Civil Society
• National Human Rights Institutions
• Private sector
This event as well as the upcoming ones from the virtual roundtable series are open and free to All. Each event will have a specific focus.
1. Earn a certificate of participation! Only those participants who join the virtual roundtable series by Zoom could have access to a Certificate of Participation by UNITAR. How? Having participated at least 75% in each of the virtual roundtables (To be measured by the system). Earn a certificate of completion! Those participants who join us, at less 75% of the 5 events of the series, will be receiving access to a quiz, if they pass it, they will be receiving access to a Certificate of Completion for 8 hours 30 minutes related to the whole series.
2. You’re warmly welcome to send questions or suggestions in advance to analucia.jacome [at] unitar.org
3. After the celebration of the events, those participants who joined them will be receiving the respective video recording together with takeaway messages.
4. If you already registered in the first event (held on the 26th of May 2022) you will be automatically registered in the upcoming events, and so on.