Civil Society Forum - Fifty-Second Session of the Commission for Social Development
Dr. Pat Brownell remarks delivered at the Civil Society Forum at the UN on 2/10/14.
Here is the link to the Civil Society afternoon session; Dr. Brownell's presentation starts around 41 minutes into the video.
Social Protection - What can you do - Jan 2013
Social protection is a set of policies and programs that are designed to provide social security on a broad basis. It is recognized by international labor standards and by the United Nations as a basic human right.
A Social Protection Floor (SPF) is the first level of a comprehensive national social protection system. It guarantees access to essential services and security transfers in areas of health, water and sanitation, education, food, housing and other areas as defined according to national priorities. It stresses the importance of providing services, including access to decent work, through all stages of life, giving special attention to vulnerable groups.
What can we do about it?
GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR THE RIGHTS OF OLDER PEOPLE
Established in 2011, the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People is a civil society movement born out of the need to strengthen the rights and voice of older people globally. The Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People supports the creation of new international and regional human rights instruments as powerful tools for strengthening the rights of older people.
The Alliance is committed to building national-level capacity to work towards more effective human rights instruments for older people.
The Shape of Population Change [United Nations publication (ST/ESA/SER.A/208)]
Between now and 2050, the total number of persons 60 years and older worldwide will rise from about 600 million to almost 2 billion. Never before in human history have so many lived so long. To enhance a greater understanding of this “agequake” and how each of us can play a role, the NGO Committee on Ageing website offers a unique “one-stop” resource. Opinion-leaders and individuals will find the listing of documents and expert papers, gathered from the Committee’s specialized meetings and briefings, along with related United Nations documents and organizational web sites can help provide insights and background understanding of this demographic revolution and its global implication.
The 23rd Anniversary of the United Nations International Day of Older Persons:
“The Future We Want – What Older Persons Are Saying”
Details, documents and video of the International Day of Older Persons can be viewed here.
Past celebrations of the International Day of Older Persons can be reviewed here.
PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF OLDER PEOPLE
Existing human rights mechanisms have lacked a systematic and comprehensive approach to the specific circumstances of older men and women – Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General
On 21 December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly established an Open- ended Working Group on Ageing with a mandate to identify gaps in the protection of the rights of older people and ways in which these gaps can be addressed.
Here are ten reasons why the Working Group should recommend the strengthening of legally-binding standards on the rights of older people and the development of a new protection regime.