GAROP members in different regions have found that organising tripartite meetings at national level involving governments, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), and older people and NGOs is a very useful way of exchanging expertise and building a common understanding. This contributes to GAROP’s joint work to build political support for a UN convention and to develop content for a convention that will advance the protection of older people’s rights. It also ensures that older people’s voices and experiences are at the heart of the process of strengthening older people’s rights. Once these relationships and dialogue have commenced you can aim to arrange a schedule of regular meetings to build momentum and further enrich your discussions. Check whether your government and NHRI submitted written inputs to the UN consultation and if so, be ready to comment on these. Member States may also now be in the intergovernmental process of negotiating recommendations on previous areas of human rights considered by the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG) and this is an opportunity to input to those discussions using evidence and resources prepared for previous sessions.
Links and resources:
- FAIR guidelines, ‘Facilitating discussion between older people, government and national human rights institutions’ section in ‘3.2: Work out which tactics to use’. Also available to download in Spanish, Russian and Arabic here.
- FAIR guidelines and national advocacy: Webinar summary, slides and recording
- National advocacy ahead of the 11th OEWG session: Webinar summary, slides and recording
- GAROP guidelines ‘Engaging in a substantive debate’ Spanish, French, Arabic and Russian
- Check previous GAROP webinars for relevant areas of human rights
- Member State written submissions for 11th OEWG session