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UNECE Policy Seminar on Ageing

18 November 2020

Geneva, Palais des Nations

Older persons in emergency situations: lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on the increased vulnerability of older persons in emergency situations, and uncovered shortcomings in disaster preparedness and response strategies to the pandemic globally. The Policy Seminar will provide an opportunity for members of the Standing Working Group on Ageing and other stakeholders to reflect on the first lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic as regards upholding the dignity and human rights of older persons in emergency situations. In particular, discussions will focus on access to essential goods and health and long-term care services, sensitivity to specific needs and preferences, and ensuring that mental well-being and dignity of older persons are safeguarded.

Target Group   

The policy seminar is designed for national focal points on ageing, members of the Standing Working Group on Ageing, as well as experts on long-term care systems and services, civil society representatives and other stakeholders in the UNECE region.

Information

The Policy seminar will be organized on 18 November 2020 in the form of a webinar consisting of two sessions (morning, afternoon) each of 2.5 hours. The direct link to the online platform will be provided to the registered participants closer to the event date.

Thanks to the support of the UNFPA Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, the Policy Seminar will have English/Russian interpretation.

Registration link: https://indico.un.org/event/31700

Concept Note and Programme