Human Rights Council debate focuses on rights of older personsListen /
The rights of older persons are the focus of a debate at the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday.
The Social Forum is an annual meeting convened by the Council that serves as a unique space for open and interactive dialogue.
Representatives of Member States get to interact with civil society, including grassroots organizations and intergovernmental organizations.
The year's Forum is being held in Geneva from 1 April to 3 April.
According to the UN, almost 700 million people are now over the age of 60. By 2050, 2 billion people, over 20 per cent of the world's population, will be 60 years or older.
The latest report by the Secretary-General on the situation of human rights of older persons in all the regions of the world says that Asia and Africa will face the largest proportion of growth.
With this in mind, the report calls for enhanced attention to the particular needs and challenges faced by older persons.
Just as equally important, it says, is the contribution the majority of older men and women can continue to make to the functioning of society, if adequate guarantees are in place.
Human rights lie at the core of all efforts in this regard, the report concludes.
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.