Mainstreaming ageing in the human rights-based approach – it's more than just social inclusion (OEWG side event)
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The global ageing population has become a critical issue, and governments worldwide have been challenged to address the various social, economic, and health-related issues that come with population ageing. In this regard, the Open- Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG-A) has been established and mandated to consider the existing international framework of the human rights of older persons and consider and report on what should go into a new international legal instrument on older persons' rights.
This year's session focusses with two themes, "Right to Health" and" Social Inclusion". Having two focus areas for each session is a good approach, but it does not solve the fundamental problem stated in the documents, since it is not a matter of granting older people particular rights, but of guaranteeing them the full enjoyment of all human rights and participation in all areas. Can mainstreaming ageing, as one of the key principles of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, in the international human rights system substantially close the identified gaps in the protection of human rights with regard to older persons?