Reports from the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG)
Delegate Report on the Fourth Session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing
To summarize some of the discussions and work which were undertaken at the fourth session of the United Nations Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing, Mr. Telmo Languiller, Delegate of the IFA and MP, Victoria, Australia has compiled an informative and interesting report. Within the report, Mr. Languiller provides context about the history of the OEWG, the outcomes of its previous three sessions, the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA), and finally a comprehensive overview of the proceedings, discussions, and outcomes of the fourth session which took place from 12-15 August, 2013.
The report is a comprehensive document which, among other things, provides a synopsis of the key rights related challenges encountered by older people as identified and discussed at the meeting. This includes insights into challenges related to social security, age-based discrimination, older people and the workforce, the right to health, and more. Also of note is the overview provided of the deficiencies and gaps which exist within existing human rights frameworks; an apt illustration of why a specifically designed international convention is necessary. Finally, Mr. Languiller’s report provides an excellent summary on the input provided by representatives from member states across various regions, amalgamating these comments into an overview of the different regional approaches which currently exist to address the challenge of protecting the rights of older people across the world.
To learn about any of the above mentioned topics in more detail, read Mr. Languiller’s full report here.
Delegate Report on the Second Session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing Now Available in Spanish
In August 2011, Mr. Telmo Languiller MP from the Australian Labor Party and government of Victoria, attended the Second Working Session of the Open Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG) as a delegate of the IFA. Mr. Languiller compiled a comprehensive report on the meeting in which he provides some context on population ageing in Australia. His report is recommended reading as in a few short weeks the third meeting of the OEWG will take place in New York. Read the report here. The Report is also available in Spanish.
Many vulnerable populations have benefited from the already existing recognition of their rights through comprehensive treaties specifically addressing their needs. Children, indigenous communities, migrant workers, racial minorities, and disabled persons, among others, already have human rights instruments that fully recognize their specific rights and signal that special protections are required for their particular condition. Unfortunately this is not yet true for older persons.
Additionally, human rights conventions such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as well as several regional human rights treaties already provide some protections to human beings. Scattered provisions in these and other treaties such as several International Labor Organization conventions afford some partial protections but do not provide comprehensive treatment and lack special emphasis that only a specific treaty can recognize.