New report: ‘Our Voices, Our Rights – What older people say about the normative elements of their right to independence and autonomy’

Older people value different aspects of their autonomy and independence highly. The vast majority of older people want to see their right to autonomy and independence officially recognised by their governments or the United Nations.

This is the key finding in a new report published today by the Global Alliance ahead of the 10th session of the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG) in New York next week. The report is based on a consultation with 1,063 older people from ten countries in Africa and Asia. The participants were asked about six aspects of autonomy and independence that were discussed at the 9th session of the OEWG. The report presents recommendations for normative elements of autonomy and independence based on the participants’s views, which will be presented by a number of older activists from the countries involved in the consultation at the OEWG session next week.

  • The full report is available in English here.
  • The ten country summaries are available in English here.

Translated versions of the main report in all official UN languages will be available here soon. Please contact our Secretariat if you would like to receive one of the country summaries as a separate file.

The report will be formally launched at a lunch-time event on Monday 15th April, the first day of the 10th session.

  • View the flyer and more information about this event here.

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