Presentation on Ageism and Human Rights – December 14, 2016
On December 14, ILC-Canada, in partnership with the University of Ottawa Faculty of Health Sciences, will be making a presentation on ageism and the impact of a possible convention on the rights of older people to delegates from member states and senior officials at the United Nations in New York City. This side-event to a working session of the UN’s Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing will stream live on UN Web TV at 1.15 p.m.
ILC-Canada President Margaret Gillis will chair the event. Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, Marc-André Blanchard, is expected to speak on the work of the Government of Canada on ageism. As well, Rosa Kornfeld Matte, the UN independent expert on the human rights of older persons, will speak about her report on the strengths of and gaps in existing laws to protect and enhance the human rights of older persons, which she presented to the UN Human Rights Council in September.
Four other presenters will speak on related issues: Martine Lagacé (Faculty of Arts) on ageism and work, Linda Garcia (Faculty of Health Sciences) on ageism and healthcare, Kiran Rabheru (Faculty of Medicine) on ageism in hospitals and Gordon DiGiacomo (Faculty of Social Sciences) on the merits of a convention on the human rights of older people.
The presentations will be followed by a 30-minute question and answer period moderated by Alexandre Kalache, president, ILC-Global Alliance, and closing remarks by Hélène Perrault, dean, Faculty of Health Sciences.
uOttawa alumni in the New York City region are invited to a reception later that evening to hear about the presentation highlights from ILC-Canada and the University’s high profile speakers. Join us in New York as we toast to the holidays and celebrate the gift of longevity!