Saturday, November 27, 2010

Towards a Convention on the Rights of Older People

A/C.3/65/L.8/Rev.1 Distr.: Limited
Sixty-fifth session
Third Committee
Agenda item 27 (c)
Social development: follow-up to the International Year of Older Persons: Second World Assembly on Ageing
* revised draft resolution
Follow-up to the Second World Assembly on Ageing
The General Assembly,
Political Declaration
of the road map for the implementation of the Madrid Plan of Action, and its resolutions 60/135 of 16 December 2005, 61/142 of 19 December 2006, 62/130 of 18 December 2007, 63/151 of 18 December 2008 and 64/132 of 18 December 2009,
1. Action on Ageing, 2002;
2. eradicate poverty among older persons, in particular older women, by
mainstreaming ageing issues into poverty eradication strategies and national
development plans, and to include both ageing-specific policies and ageingmainstreaming
efforts in their national strategies;
its resolution 57/167 of 18 December 2002, in which it endorsed the1 and the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing,2 its resolution 58/134 of 22 December 2003, in which it took note, inter alia, Recognizing Action remains limited or non-existent, which limits the scope of implementation efforts,that, in many parts of the world, awareness of the Madrid Plan of Taking note Second World Assembly on Ageing as well as the current status of the social situation, well-being, participation in development and rights of older persons,of the reports of the Secretary-General3 on the follow-up to theReaffirms the Political Declaration and the Madrid International Plan ofEncourages Governments to pay greater attention to building capacity to
* On behalf of the States Members of the United Nations that are members of the Group of 77 and
1 publication, Sales No. E.02.IV.4), chap. I, resolution 1, annex I.
Report of the Second World Assembly on Ageing, Madrid, 8-12 April 2002 (United Nations
3. capacity to address their national implementation priorities identified during the
review and appraisal of the Madrid Plan of Action
have not done so to consider a step-by-step approach to developing capacity that
includes the setting of national priorities, the strengthening of institutional
mechanisms, research, data collection and analysis and the training of necessary
personnel in the field of ageing;
4. implementation of the Madrid Plan of Action by devising strategies that take into
account the entirety of the human life-course and foster intergenerational solidarity
in order to increase the likelihood of greater success in the years ahead;
5. choosing national priorities that are realistic, sustainable, feasible and have the
greatest likelihood of being achieved in the years ahead and to develop targets and
indicators to measure progress in the implementation process;
6. Action as an integral part of their national development plans and poverty
eradication strategies;
7. the first decade of implementation of the Madrid Plan of Action, including
empowering older persons and promoting their rights, raising awareness of issues on
ageing and building national capacity on ageing;
8. Madrid Plan of Action, including by strengthening networks of national focal points
on ageing, working with the regional commissions and enlisting the help of the
Department of Public Information of the Secretariat to seek increased attention for
ageing issues;
9. for handling follow up of national plans of action on ageing;
10. inclusive and participatory consultations with relevant stakeholders and social
development partners, in the interest of developing effective policies creating
national policy ownership and consensus-building;
11. families and communities to provide care and protection to persons as they age and
to evaluate improvement in the health status of older persons, including on a genderspecific
basis, and to reduce disability and mortality;
12. Madrid Plan of Action and to mainstream the concerns of older persons into their
policy agendas, bearing in mind the crucial importance of family intergenerational
interdependence, solidarity and reciprocity for social development and the
realization of all human rights for older persons, and to prevent age discrimination
and provide social integration;
13. partnerships and solidarity among generations, and in this regard calls upon Member
Ibid., annex II. 3 A/65/157 and A/65/158. A/C.3/65/L.8/Rev.12 10-64158 Encourages Member States to strengthen their efforts to develop national2 and invites Member States thatAlso encourages Member States to overcome obstacles to theFurther encourages Member States to place particular emphasis onEncourages all Member States to further implement the Madrid Plan ofInvites Member States to identify key priority areas for the remainder ofRecommends that Member States increase awareness-raising of theEncourages Governments that have not done so to designate focal pointsInvites Governments to conduct their ageing-related policies throughCalls upon Governments to ensure, as appropriate, conditions that enableEncourages Governments to continue their efforts to implement theRecognizes the importance of strengthening intergenerational
States to promote opportunities for voluntary, constructive and regular interaction
between young people and older generations in the family, the workplace and
society at large;
14. information about their rights so as to enable them to participate fully and justly in
their societies and to claim full enjoyment of all human rights;
15. monitoring and enforcing the rights of older persons, in consultation with all sectors
of society, including organizations of older persons through, inter alia, national
institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights where applicable;
16. perspective into all policy actions on ageing, as well as to eliminate and address
discrimination on the basis of age and gender, and recommends that Member States
engage with all sectors of society, including women’s groups and organizations of
older persons, in changing negative stereotypes about older persons, in particular
older women, and promote positive images of older persons;
17. health care of older persons, as well as any cases of neglect, abuse and violence
against older persons, by designing more effective prevention strategies and
stronger laws and policies to address these problems and their underlying factors;
18. and assist older persons in emergency situations, in accordance with the Madrid
Plan of Action;
19. enhanced international cooperation is essential to support developing countries in
implementing the Madrid Plan of Action, while recognizing the importance of
assistance and the provision of financial assistance;
20. cooperation to support national efforts to eradicate poverty, in keeping with
internationally agreed goals, in order to achieve sustainable social and economic
support for older persons;
21. to forge stronger partnerships with civil society, including organizations of older
persons, academia, research foundations, community-based organizations, including
caregivers, and the private sector, in an effort to help to build capacity on ageing
22. United Nations system, within their respective mandates, to support national efforts
to provide funding for research and data-collection initiatives on ageing in order to
better understand the challenges and opportunities presented by population ageing
and to provide policymakers with more accurate and more specific information on
gender and ageing;
23. organizations that deal with training, capacity-building, policy design and
monitoring at the national and regional levels in promoting and facilitating the
10-64158 3 Invites Member States to ensure that older persons have access toCalls upon Member States to develop their national capacity forAlso calls upon Member States to strengthen and incorporate a genderFurther calls upon Member States to address the well-being and adequateCalls upon Member States to take concrete measures to further protectStresses that, in order to complement national development efforts,Encourages the international community to enhance internationalAlso encourages the international community to support national effortsEncourages the international community and the relevant agencies of theRecognizes the important role of various international and regional A/C.3/65/L.8/Rev.14 10-64158
implementation of the Madrid Plan of Action, and acknowledges the work that is undertaken in various parts of the world, as well as regional initiatives, and institutes such as the International Institute on Ageing in Malta and the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research in Vienna;
24. focal points on ageing, increase technical cooperation efforts, expand the role of the
regional commissions on ageing issues and provide added resources for those
efforts, facilitate the coordination of national and international non-governmental
organizations on ageing and enhance cooperation with academia on a research
agenda on ageing;
25. in order to promote and facilitate further implementation of the Madrid Plan of
Action, as well as the results of its first review and appraisal cycle, and in that
connection encourages Governments to support the United Nations Trust Fund for
Ageing to enable the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the Secretariat
to provide expanded assistance to countries, upon their request;
26. in an efficient and coordinated manner, national implementation of the Madrid Plan
of Action, where appropriate;
27.development goals, including those contained in the United Nations Millennium
28. Members of the United Nations, for the purpose of strengthening the protection of
the human rights of older persons by considering the existing international
framework of the human rights of older persons and identifying possible gaps and
how best to address them, including by considering, as appropriate, the feasibility of
further instruments and measures, and requests the Secretary-General to provide all
necessary support within existing resources for the duration of its mandate;
29. (a) Meet at United Nations Headquarters in New York;
(b) Decide on its calendar and programme of work by consensus at an organizational meeting early in 2011;
30. Nations system, including relevant human rights mandate holders and treaty bodies
and the regional commissions, as well as intergovernmental and relevant
non-governmental organizations with an interest in the matter, to make contributions
to the work entrusted to the working group, as appropriate;
31. sixty-sixth session a report on the implementation of the present resolution, including the situation of the rights of older persons in all regions of the world.
Recommends that Member States reaffirm the role of United NationsReiterates the need for additional capacity-building at the national levelRequests the United Nations system to strengthen its capacity to support,Recommends that ongoing efforts to achieve the internationally agreed4 take into account the situation of older persons;Decides to establish an open-ended working group, open to all StatesFurther decides that the open-ended working group shall:Invites States and relevant bodies and organizations of the UnitedRequests the Secretary-General to submit to the General Assembly at its 4 See resolution 55/2.

United Nations

General Assembly
16 November 2010
Original: English
10-64158 (E) 181110
Post a Comment