The UN Independent expert, Dr Claudia Mahler, conducted a visit to Bangladesh between 7 and 17th November where she met with government authorities at different levels, civil society, including more than 200 older persons, and other stakeholders. This included GAROP members in Bangladesh who participated in a workshop with the Independent Expert to present some of the challenges that are facing older people and how they are responding, including campaigning for a new UN convention.

On completing her visit, Dr Mahler said that Bangladesh must take concrete action to combat entrenched and pervasive ageism and follow through on its planned measures to ensure human rights protection of older persons. The UN Independent Expert will present a comprehensive report of her findings and recommendations to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in September 2023.

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