Virtual conversation: The human rights of older persons in the age of COVID-19 and beyond

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This virtual conversation on the human rights of older persons in the age of COVID-19 and beyond will take place on Tuesday 12 May 2:00- 3:00 pm Geneva time/ 08:00-09:00 am New York time. 

Join us in welcoming Ms Claudia Mahler, the new Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons and engage in this timely debate with her and the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Michelle Bachelet.

Older persons are at high risk of severe illness and death following infection from COVID-19. Many countries adopted a variety of measures to curtail these grim outlooks. While these measures were well intended and aimed at a greater protection, care and support for older persons, they have in many ways negatively impacted their rights and freedoms. Have some COVID-19 measures impacted older persons to a larger degree than other groups? Have the views of older persons themselves been taken into account? Have they highlighted the already existing ageism and age-based discrimination?

The UN Secretary General policy brief on the impact of COVID 19 on older persons clearly calls to strengthen the legal frameworks to promote and protect the human rights and dignity of older persons.

In this virtual meeting we shall analyze the current situation and will look forward. How can we advance the conversation around the rights of older persons during these challenging times and how we can move from debate to action?

The event to be moderated by Ms Silvia Perel-Levin, Chair of the NGO Committee on Ageing in Geneva

Panelists:

  •   High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet
  •   Ms Claudia Mahler, Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons
  •   Representatives of Member States in the Groups of Friends of the rights of older persons in New York and Geneva

There will be time for questions and comments from the “floor”. You can submit questions in advance

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