Since the 2002 Madrid Plan of Action for Ageing, the concept of developing a Convention on the Rights of Older Persons has gained momentum within the United Nations among Civil Society organizations. The session will examine its potential intersections and unique features compared with the dispositions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in matters of accessibility and enabling environments from a policy, technology, and advocacy perspective.
Organized by the Permanent Mission of Ecuador, jointly with GIA (Global Initiative on Ageing Foundation) and G3ict (Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs). In collaboration with UNITAR, Harvard Law School Project on Disability, and the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.
Session Chair: H.E. Ambassador Luis Gallegos Chiriboga, President, GIA (Global Initiative on Ageing Foundation); G3ict and UNITAR Chair of the Board of Directors
Opening Remarks: H.E. Ambassador Hernán Pérez Loose, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Ecuador to the United Nations, New York
Ms. María Soledad Cisternas Reyes, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Disability and Accessibility (video recorded intervention)
Mr. Axel Leblois, President and CEO, G3ict
Prof. Michael Stein, Co-founder, and Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability
Ms. Susan Mazrui, Director, Global Public Policy, AT&T
Ms. Bethany Brown, Associate Social Affairs Officer, Programme on Ageing, UNDESA
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