UN Network on Ageing Newsletter-Issue 46

Join the Global Conversation and Voice Your Opinion on Ageing and the Post 2015 Development Agenda
Register at www.worldwewant2015.org to join the e-consultation from 28 January to 22 February 2013
The World We Want 2015 space is dedicated to the global thematic consultation on post-2015 UN development agenda. It is an open and inclusive forum for civil society, policy makers, government officials, donors, UN staff and all other stakeholders to stimulate dialogue and facilitate an exchange of ideas, experiences and perspectives on the scope and priorities of the post-2015 development agenda.
Amongst these themes is “Population Dynamics”, and within that is an online discussion on “Low Population Growth and Ageing”
To date, old age and older persons have been inadequately addressed in policies, programmes, research and data collection in areas such as poverty eradication, health, food security, gender as well as in opportunities to secure access to livelihood and assets. This is despite the adoption by Member States of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing in 2002. It has become clear that business as usual cannot be an option and that he issue of population ageing should be fully addressed as part of the post-2015 development agenda.
A great deal of online consultations on the World We Want post 2015 have focused on inequality. Older persons lack visibility in existing human rights standards, and many normative gaps in the protection of the rights of older persons are yet to be addressed. The post-2015 development agenda needs to be sensitive and responsive to how age, gender and where people live, affect equality, safety and enjoyment of human rights especially amongst older persons.
Currently, there is a lack of nationally representative and internationally comparable data on older people. This is a major barrier to the response to population ageing. Any post 2015 age-sensitive goals and targets will require age- and sex disaggregated date to measure their indicators.
This is a unique opportunity to place the issue of ageing on the international development agenda for post 2015.
Join us in this e-consultation that is jointly organised by the United Nations Focal Point on Ageing and Help Age International, and have your say in this important process!

Steps to Register:
Go to www.worldwewant2015.org
Click on upper right icon Register
You will receive an email. Follow its instructions to create your profile
Now that your are registered, go to www.worldwewant2015.org
Click on upper right icon Log in. Enter your email and password
Once you are logged in. Double click on the Population Dynamics icon in the centre of the screen:
Scroll down to “Join Other Consultations” in the centre of the screen. Click on “Low Population Growth and Ageing”
Add this page to your favourites book mark, choose a discussion topic of interest and join!

Public consultation on the human rights of older persons
Human Rights Council Resolution 21/23, “Human rights of older persons” requests OHCHR “to organize, in Geneva, an inter-sessional public consultation on the promotion and protection of the human rights of older persons, with the participation of States Members of the United Nations, relevant international organizations, United Nations agencies and stakeholders, in order to receive information and share good practices on the matter”.
In order to prepare the consultation, OHCHR would be grateful to receive views and information from national human rights institutions in relation to the following:
Information on the main challenges related to promotion and protection of the human rights of older persons at the country level.
Information on constitutions or legislation explicitly forbidding discrimination on the basis of old age, and on the existence of specific bodies which protect against age discrimination or are mandated to protect and promote the rights of older persons.
Information on specific national legislation, national policies, strategies and plans of action adopted to ensure the equal enjoyment of rights by older persons, particularly in the areas of prevention and protection against violence and abuse, social protection, food and housing, employment, legal capacity, access to justice, health support, long-term and palliative care.
It would be appreciated if any information could be sent to Christian Courtis, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (e-mail: registry@ohchr.org, cc: ccourtis@ohchr.org) by Friday 15 March 2013. The information provided, which should not exceed 10 pages, will be made available on the OHCHR website.