The UN Independent Expert on the human rights of older persons, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, commended the Austrian Government for its commitment and efforts to ensure that older people are able to fully enjoy their human rights.

“Austria has a long tradition of policies and a strong legal framework aimed at promoting and protecting the rights of older people. It would certainly be among my top choices in my old age,” Kornfeld-Matte said at the end of her 10-day official visit to the country.
“This is not to say that Austria does not face any challenges. But I am confident that the authorities are well-prepared to respond to the challenges of the demographic revolution.”

Currently, more than 20 percent of Austria’s population is 65 or above. The figure is forecast to rise to almost 24 percent in 2030.

Read the full press release on the United Nations Human Rights website.

During her 10-day visit, Kornfeld-Matte met with various Government authorities, non-governmental organizations, others working on the rights of older persons, as well as some older persons themselves themselves. A report on her findings and recommendations will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in September this year.