the Rights of Older People Worldwide:
Building Greater European Support
Bridget Sleap, HelpAge
Europe-wide conference on the need for international
human rights instruments for older people
December 5th – 7th 2012
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Czech politician, President of Czech social democratic
think-tank Masaryk Democratic Academy, former Prime
Minister of the Czech Republic, former EU Commissioner
former Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
-At what age does a person stop being human?
-When do people stop being entitled to rights?
-What will it take to recognize that people are rights
holders at any age?
-Why are current human rights standards failing people
in later life globally?
-Where will the commitment in Europe come from to set
a global standard on the rights of older people?
These are some of the critical questions that will be
tackled in this milestone European event on the global
rights of older people. The conference seeks to
generate greater political support in Europe for new
global human rights instruments focusing specifically
on older people.
We are privileged to be experiencing greater longevity
in all parts of the world, with the greatest increase
in life expectancy taking place in developing
countries. At the same time, ageist attitudes and
prejudice are widespread allowing blatant
discrimination and human rights abuses against older
people to take place in all aspects of life from
health to housing, financial security to freedom from
Current human rights standards and instruments have
been insufficient to safeguard against these abuses.
Join us for a high-level conference to generate a
better understanding of the human rights issues facing
older people globally and the role of European Union
member states in achieving a global standard that
protects the rights of all older people.
Evening, 5 December 2012 – Osnabrück Peace
Forum: Public debate on the human rights of
older people globally, with Navi Pillay, Vladimir
Spidla and Henning Scherf.
December 2012 – Main Conference: Strengthening the
Rights of Older People Worldwide: Building
Greater European Support. Registration required.
Morning, 7 December 2012 – Conference continued:
Building Political Support – workshop for civil
society organizations. Registration required.
Registration is required to attend this event. Spaces
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This conference is being organised with the support of
the European Commission, HelpAge Deutschland and
HelpAge International, and is sponsored by Age UK.