FP Virtual Dialogue: Human Rights & Older Persons

September 30, 2020

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.

In partnership with:

Michelle Bachelet
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Former President of Chile
Ms. Bachelet was elected President of Chile on two occasions 2006 and 2014 and was the first female president of Chile. She served as Health Minister  as well as Chile’s and ...
Allison Carlson
Allison oversees all global research and analysis. She counsels clients on current and prospective market, policy, and security developments with a focus on emerging trends, sce...
Justin Derbyshire
CEO, Help Age International
Justin Derbyshire is the Chief Executive at HelpAge International, an international organization which facilitates older people to claim their rights, challenge discrimination a...
Kumi Naidoo
Former Secretary General, Amnesty International
Kumi Naidoo is a life-long social justice campaigner hailing from South Africa. Kumi’s first...
Ken Roth
Executive Director, Human Rights Watch
Kenneth Roth is the executive director of Human Rights Watch, one of the world's leading international human rights organizations, which operates in more than 90 countries. Prio...
Peter Rundlet
Vice President, AARP International
As Vice President of International, Peter Rundlet develops and executes AARP's international strategy to position AARP as the global thought leader on aging. An accomplished str...
Debra Whitman
Executive Vice President and Chief Public Policy Officer, AARP
As AARP’s chief public policy officer, Debra Whitman, leads policy development, analysis and research, as well as global thought leadership supporting and advancing the intere...

For more information, contact Diana Marrero, Senior Vice President of Strategic Development.