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3rd meeting, Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing, 8th working session (5-7 July 2017)
6 Jul 2017 -  Measures to enhance the promotion and protection of the human rights and dignity of older persons; best practices, lessons learned, possible context for a multilateral legal instrument and identification of areas and issues where further protection and action is needed [item 6]
The Open-ended Working group began its consideration of agenda item 6.
The Open-ended Working Group held a panel discussion on “Equality and Nondiscrimination” under the agenda item, and heard presentations by the following panellists: Ms. Rosita Kornfeld-Matte, Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of All Human Rights by Older Persons; Mr. Craig Mokhiber, Director of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in New York, and Deputy to the Assistant Secrettary-General for Human Rights; Ms. Anna Chabiera, Senior Specialist in the Department for Equal Treatment, Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights in Poland; Mr. Matthias Von Schwanenflugel, Head of the Directorate General Demographic Change, Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth of Germany; and Ms. Maria Soledad Cisternas-Reyes, former Chair of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
An interactive dialogue ensued, during which the panellists responded to the comments and questions posed by the representatives of Colombia (on behalf of the Group of Friends of Older Persons, comprised of Argentina, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Qatar, Slovenia, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey and Uruguay), Spain, the European Union, Chile, Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Argentina, Slovenia, Singapore and the United States.
Statements were also made by the following National Human Rights Institutions: Office of the Ombudsman of Croatia; and Seimas Ombudsman Office of Lithuania.
Statements were also made by the representatives of the following non-governmental organizations: National Old Folks of Liberia; Red Cross of Serbia; Fundación Oportunidad Mayor; Helpage International; International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care; and Age Platform Europe.
Organization of work
The Vice-Chair (Slovenia) made a statement.