UN MEMBER COUNTRIES DISCUSS MODALITIES TO STRENGTHENTHE RIGHTS OF OLDER PERSONS
Ghana has joined other UN member countries to discuss the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The meeting will discuss modalities to strengthen the human rights of the older persons in societies.
Ghana’s delegation is led by the Chief Director of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mr. Kwesi Armo-Himbson.
The four-day meeting brought together human rights organisations such as the Human Rights Watch and other international such as the European Union.
It follows the Paris Principles, adopted by the general Assembly resolution 48/134 in December 1993, calling on national institutions vested with competence to promote and protect human rights and be given broad mandate with a constitutional or legislative backing.
The Open-ended Working Group on Aging was established by the UN General Assembly to consider the existing international framework of the human rights of older persons and identify possible gaps and how best to address them, including by considering as appropriate the feasibility of further instruments and measures.
In an interview, Mr. Armo-Himbson said the Ministry had established the Aged Desk, under the Social Protection Department to coordinate the implementation of the National Ageing Policy (NAP) that was launched in July 2010 to address issues of older persons.
According to him, government on 13th October, 2016 approved an Aged Persons Bill, which would be laid before Parliament for its passage into law. The introduction of the Aged Bill is to further solidify government’s commitment to ensuring that there is a strong legal framework that integrates the human rights and diverse needs of older persons into national.
The Bill (if passed into law) will create legally mandated systems which will ensure the effective operation and implementation of the structures and strategies aimed at promoting and protecting the rights, welfare and dignity of aged persons. The law will eventually enforce the implementation of strategic objectives that will promote the improvement of the standard of living for older persons in Ghana.
He added that, the “Eban” Elderly Welfare Card is an innovation in Ghana that gives aged persons priority access to social services which the elderly may require to make their lives more enjoyable after contributing to national development during their working life.
Under Social Protection, he said, aged persons were key beneficiaries of the social protection interventions.
Source: Government of Ghana