TRINIDAD-RIGHTS-Trinidad to host Caribbean conference on ageing and rights of older people

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SANTIAGO, Chile, May 30, CMC –Trinidad and Tobago will host a two-day Caribbean preparatory meeting for the Fourth Regional Intergovernmental Conference on Ageing and the Rights of Older Persons.
The June 1-2 meeting will precede the Fourth Regional Intergovernmental Conference on Ageing and the Rights of Older Persons in Latin America and the Caribbean to be held in Asuncion, Paraguay from June 27-30.
The Chile-based Economic Commissioner for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) said that it is facilitating the review and appraisal exercise within the region in keeping with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Resolution regarding the third regional review and appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (2002) in 2017 to be followed by a global review by the United Nations Commission for Social Development in early 2018.
ECLAC said that the Caribbean preparatory meeting will be an opportunity to focus particularly on the progress made in the sub-region in the implementation of the Madrid Plan of Action and the San Jose Charter on the Rights of Older Persons in Latin America and the Caribbean[.
It said the meeting will also seek to identify future priorities and policy responses and will prepare contributions to the discussions at the subsequent regional conference.
The Regional Conference will assess the status of implementation of the San José Charter on the Rights of Older Persons in Latin America and the Caribbean. It will also seek to identify key actions for expanding the protection of the human rights of older persons, specifically those that facilitate the implementation of the Inter-American Convention on Protecting the Human Rights of Older Persons.
Furthermore, it will endeavour to prepare contributions to the discussions at the next session of the United Nations Open-ended Working Group on Ageing and to agree on the regional input that will be presented to the Commission for Social Development at its fifty-sixth session, which will take place in February 2018.
“The Caribbean preparatory meeting is also an opportunity to assess the progress that has been made in addressing the issues discussed at the Caribbean Conference on Ageing, Elder Abuse and the Rights of Older Persons which was held in November 2015 in Dominica,” ECLAC added.

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