Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The 1st Report of the Independent Expert on Human Rights of Older Persons

As was already reported, the UN Human Rights Council has nominated on June 2 2014, Ms Rosa Kornfeld-Matte to serve as the Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of all Human Rights by Older Persons.
The Independent Expert submitted its first report, and here is the link to the full text of the report.:

The Report includes background information regarding the foundation of the mandate of the Independent Expert, its scope of operation, the legislative context, and the global context of the human rights of older persons.
As little time has passed by since her nomination, this report is mostly descriptive and does not include any new or novel findings or recommendation.
However, here is the conclusion of this first report, which can indicate the spirit and direction that the IE wishes to pursue:

"The Independent Expert aims to respond to the expectations of numerous individuals and organizations with regard to her work on the human rights of older persons, as outlined by the Human Rights Council in its resolution 24/20. To that end, she looks forward to engaging in constructive and fruitful cooperation with diverse stakeholders in all regions. She emphasizes her desire for constructive engagement with the States Members of the United Nations, and reiterates the importance of an inclusive and all-encompassing approach in the discharge of her mandate. She particularly notes the central role of non-governmental organizations, including in providing her with information and engaging with and assisting her as she fulfils her mandate."

We wish the IE the best success in her work, and we will continue to report on her progress.

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