A call to action UN Convention on the rights of older persons

There are significant gaps in the protection of the rights of older people globally.


Older Persons Advocacy Network observed that in Australia, during evidence presented to the Royal Commission on Aged Care Quality and Safety, we heard of many instances where older people have been abused, disrespected, and disregarded. The COVID-19 pandemic further highlights fragmentation in the protection of older people and their rights.


“Australia supporting an international convention would provide an explicit universal statement that reaffirms the essential truth that older persons are entitled to human rights and fundamental freedoms on the same basis as everyone else.” said Craig Gear OAM, CEO OPAN.


OPAN supports the call for a UN Convention on the rights of older people. In 2022 we are participating in the #Agewithrights global rally, part of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People by taking the following campaign actions:


OPAN is hosting a roundtable conversation about rights, ageism, and the need for this UN convention with members of OPAN’s National Older Persons Reference Group today at 12 PM (AEDT). In case you missed the live broadcast, you can replay it on the video and webinars section.


Promoting OPAN's position statement Rights of Older People in Aged Care which highlights a transformation opportunity to rebuild the aged care sector to prioritise the rights of older people and take the crucial step of supporting a UN convention to fully protect the rights of older people. Read the position statement.


Together with many other supporters of EveryAGE Counts OPAN calls on the Australian Government to support the development of a new UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons, as currently the rights of older people are poorly defined and routinely overlooked. EveryAGE Counts campaign co-chair and human rights advocate Robert Tickner said, “Without this framework, we lack even a commonly understood language or set of values to talk about the rights of older people and whether they might have been violated.” Read the media release in full.


OPAN has co-signed EveryAgeCounts letters that have been sent to members of parliament and senators calling for Australia to support this greatly needed convention that promotes the rights of older people. Read the letter here.


Join campaigners around the world to rally for older people’s rights, OPAN urges.


4 March 2022.