NEWS:

The ILC Global Alliance attended the first session of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on strengthening the protection of the human rights of older persons at the United Nations in New York from 18 to 21 April 2011.

The first session focused on understanding the current situation of the human rights of older persons around the world and the schedule included:

*Statements by member states on current situation of the human rights of older persons.

*Panel discussions on the existing international framework and regional mechanisms on the human rights of older persons.

*Discussion on the identification of existing gaps at the international level and measures to address them.

More details about the first session of OEWG can be found at: http://social.un.org/ageing-working-group/firstsession.shtml#ngos
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The second session is scheduled for 1-5 August 2011 (agenda to be confirmed).

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