Urgent need for UN Convention on Human Rights of Older Persons

Rights of Older Persons Australia

A new discussion paper has been launched outlining the urgent need for a United Nations Convention on the Human Rights of Older Persons by national advocacy network the Rights of Older Persons Australia (ROPA). ROPA is a network of civil society organisations and individuals who are committed to advocating for the development of a new international treaty on the human rights of older persons. Unfortunately, recent efforts by governments to improve the lives of older people have not been enough to uphold the basic human rights of older persons and to guarantee their quality of life, let alone to promote full and effective participation across all aspects of society. This is why a convention is needed as outlined in ROPA’s discussion paper. Professor Catherine Renshaw of Western Sydney University, who drafted much of the paper, said the launch was a significant moment for the campaign. “This paper outlines the pressing need for an international convention on the human rights of older persons. The paper is the result of widespread consultation and reflects the views of a range of stakeholders” Dr Renshaw said. “A convention would provide a clear statement that ageism and age discrimination is unacceptable and provide a framework in which the state and other actors can address it as well as taking proactive steps to protect the human rights of older persons.” Dr Renshaw said the time has come for the Australian Government to express its support for the convention and that she hopes the discussion paper spurs action. “Australia has a unique opportunity to take a leadership position in pushing for the convention’s adoption. There is no time to waste.”

The full discussion paper can be found here

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