FP Virtual Dialogue: Human Rights & Older Persons
How COVID-19 is compounding vulnerabilities of older adults
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities and human rights issues that have long been affecting older persons around the world, especially as the risk of severe illness from the virus significantly increases with age. Globally, the population of people over 60 is set to outnumber youth and children under the age of 10 by 2030, and yet aging populations continue to be affected by discriminatory policies and practices that threaten their dignity and safety.
As part of a policy-oriented program to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the UN-designated International Day of Older Persons, Foreign Policy, in collaboration with AARP, convened a high-level Virtual Dialogue on human rights and aging. The discussion sought to generate broader awareness of these urgent issues, elevate the important work of the UN, and spur action among the global advocacy and policy community.
Watch now to hear from advocates who are fighting to integrate the wellbeing of older persons into human rights and social equity frameworks and illuminating practical ways to effectively implement protocols on the ground. Add your voice to the conversation using #HumanRightsAndAging, #UNIDOP2020
We invite you to read the Human Rights & Older Persons issue brief, which highlights the critical challenges facing the world’s aging population—vulnerabilities which have been further exacerbated by COVID-19. Produced by FP Analytics, the brief also pinpoints opportunities for meaningful action to more fully protect the human rights of older adults globally.
For more information, contact Diana Marrero, Senior Vice President of Strategic Development.