This is a virtual side event organised by the NGO Committee on Ageing Geneva during the 48th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) on Tuesday 21 September 2021 8:00am – 9:15am EDT (NY)| 2:00pm – 3:15pm CEST (GVA). This event is a UNIDOP pre-event in the run-up to #OlderPersonsDay (1 October).
Ageism has serious consequences for individuals and society at large. According to the UN Global Report on Ageism, half of the world’s population is ageist against older persons. Despite its scale and harmful impacts, ageism remains largely unknown and is often considered more acceptable compared to other forms of discrimination.
The report of the UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons to the 48th session of the HRC (A/HRC/48/53), examines and raises awareness of the prevalence of ageism and age discrimination, analyses their possible causes and manifestations, and reviews the way the existing legal and policy frameworks at the international and regional levels protect against ageism and age-discrimination.
This side event during the 48th session of the HRC will bring to the fore real-life experiences of ageism and age discrimination faced by older persons and will take stock of the Independent Expert’s conclusions and recommendations.