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RIGHTS OF THE ELDERLY

Minister Erjavec with Rosa Kornfeld-Matte

Slovenia strives for a proper approach to addressing human rights in various periods of life, and one of its priorities is treating the rights of older persons in a more appropriate manner. The ageing of the population and related demographic changes are becoming a global trend in developed as well as developing countries, posing a great challenge to global sustainable development. 

 

Despite this new reality, existing international instruments do not reflect the major changes in the global population structure and do not meet the needs of the ageing population and greying society. Slovenia therefore believes that the existing mechanisms for safeguarding the rights of the elderly are insufficient and that an internationally binding document should be considered.

 

Slovenia strives to eliminate all forms of discrimination against the elderly, particularly discrimination against older women. Slovenia firmly upholds its fundamental stance that the welfare of the elderly and implementation of existing regulations are primarily the responsibility of the state.

 

Thus in recent years Slovenia has been actively engaged in the domains of population ageing and rights of the elderly, and made a considerable effort to have the Convention on the Rights of Older Persons adopted.

 

At the 5th working session of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing in 2014, a Slovenian representative was designated Vice-Chair of the Bureau of the Fifth Session; in this role Slovenia participated in a meeting with NGO representatives in New York and conducted a dialogue on the implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing.

 

In recent years, Slovenia has been actively engaged in establishing the mandate of the UN Human Rights Council's Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons. In November 2014, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, appointed the UN Human Rights Council's Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons in May 2014, visited Slovenia in this capacity. Ms Kornfeld-Matte chose Slovenia as the destination for her first official visit during her term since Slovenia pays particular attention to the elderly at the international level; during her visit she met a number of state and non-state representatives involved in the protection of the rights of older persons.

 

International Day of Older Persons is celebrated annually on 1 October.