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Independence, Autonomy and Rights of Older Persons in the African Context - OEWG10 Side Event
17 Apr 2019 -  Africa is experiencing the highest increase in the number of older persons. In 2017, Africa was home to 69 million older persons accounting for 7.1% of global population of older persons.
SDGs Agenda 2030 and African Union Agenda 2063 which set out universal plans for people of all ages and seek to realize the human rights of all people including older persons, provide African member States, the path towards fostering inclusive development. In recent years for instance, more African countries have adopted policies to provide protection for multiple contingencies; social protection and social security have gained increased interest. Reforming health and insurance systems to reach individuals in the informal sector have become a priority. Despite general progress, the envisioned inclusiveness of older persons remains a challenge.
Policies and programmatic interventions are so far not adequate to enable economic, social and functional resilience in later life for Africa’s ageing population and to address age specific multi-level and intersecting discrimination and inequalities faced in old age.
Objectives of the Side Event organized by the Stakeholder Group on Ageing Africa (SGA  Africa) on the side of the 10th Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing:
Facilitate multi-stakeholder conversations about the rights of older persons to independence and autonomy in Africa.
Enhance understandings of systemic drivers of older persons’ vulnerabilities in Africa and the effect on autonomy and independence.
Highlight the importance of legislative opportunities for empowering of older persons and strength-ening their rights.
Galvanize support for the UN Convention on the Rights of Older persons.