UN Convention on the Rights of the Older Persons

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UN Member States recognized “that persons, as they age, should enjoy a life of fulfillment, health, security and active participation in the economic, social, cultural and political life of their societies”. And they are determined “to enhance the recognition of the dignity of older persons and to eliminate all forms of neglect, abuse and violence” by committed approximately 8 years ago “to eliminating all forms of discrimination, including age discrimination”

Despite the announcement of commitment, in many parts of the world, the rights of older persons are being violated daily and in many instances, with impunity. Older persons often face age discrimination at a workplace and inequality in in health care and housing. In social and public environments, they may experience a lack of recognition and respect. They may be deprived of full inclusion and participation in social, economic, cultural, civil and political affairs. Tragically and disturbingly, in many countries, incidences of neglect, abuse, violence and exploitation against older persons are not at all rare or isolated events.

Now is an opportunity to stimulate discussion and emancipate mind on promoting the rights of older persons and strengthen partnerships aimed at securing their full participation in communities and societies. Nations, states and the global community can redouble efforts and supports to realize the rights of older persons, and make the dream of a society for all ages a reality.


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