ILC Canada/LIFE Research Institute hosts a UN Side-Event at the Open-Ended Working Group meeting July 24th, 2018

The International Longevity Centre-Canada and the LIFE Research Institute at the University of Ottawa hosted a Side Event at the Open-Ended Working Group called The Right to be My Older Self: A North-South Discussion on Long-Term and Palliative Care, Autonomy and Independence. The speakers discussed the state of long-term and palliative care and also heard about older persons' ability to control autonomy and independence. Once again, ILC-Canada advocated for the UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons.

 

Speakers included:

  • Ms. Louise Blais, Deputy Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations.
  • Dr. Laurent Marcoux, President, Canadian Medical Association.
  • Dr. Alex Kalache, Co-President of the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance and President of ILC-Brazil.
  • Dr. Martine Lagacé, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and the School of Psychology, University of Ottawa.
  • Ms. Verene Nyirabalinda, NSINDAGIZA, Rwanda.
  • Dr. Kiran Rabheru, Geriatric Psychiatrist, Professor, University of Ottawa and member of the Board of Directors of the International Longevity Centre
  • Dr. Linda Garcia, Director of the LIFE Research Institute, University of Ottawa.

 

 

ACTIVISM: ILC Canada/LIFE Research Institute at the United Nations

Open-ended Working Group July 2018

 

ILC Canada began a successful week at the UN starting with a presentation to the Global

Alliance on the Rights of Older People (GAROP) on our activism in support of a United Nations Convention on the Rights of Older Persons.

ILC Canada used the UN meeting to publically ask the Government of Canada to support the Convention. Specific activities included:

  • A side event co-sponsored by the Canadian Government which focussed on a North-South discussion on long-term and palliative care and independence and autonomy, which illustrated the need for a Convention. Our event was made possible with the support and participation of our partners the Canadian Medical Association, FADOQ and Home Instead.
  • ILC Canada made a number of statements/questions in the UN Plenary asking Member States, particularly Canada, to support a United Nations Convention on the Rights of Older Persons. Speakers included ILC Canada President Margaret Gillis, (Read the speech here) Dr. Laurent Marcoux, President, Canadian Medical Association (Read the first speech here or the second speech here) and Dr. Kiran Rabheru, ILC Canada Board Chair (Read the speech here).
  • Read Canada's statement during the Interactive Session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing here...
  • ILC Canada prepared a letter to Minister Freeland signed by a number of health and aging NGO’s and experts explaining why a Convention would improve the lives of older Canadians and older people around the globe.

Kiran Rabheru speaks on the importance of a UN Convention for the Rights of Older Persons  

We are thrilled to announce that Canada thanked ILC Canada and other NGO’s on the floor of the UN and stated that Canada was “open to discussing a Convention”. Now we will be moving forward to turn that into a full commitment