ILC Canada and LIFE Research Institute hosts a UN Side-Event at the Open-Ended Working Group meeting December 14th, 2016

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At the Side-Event, the International Longevity Centre and the University of Ottawa discussed the devastating impact that ageism has on older people, what is being done about it and what more can be done. We also discussed the merits of a possible Convention on the Rights of Older Persons.


Speakers included:

  • Mr. Marc-André Blanchard, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations
  • Ms. Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, the first Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of all Human Rights by Older persons appointed by the UN Human Rights Council.

  • Dr. Martine Lagacé, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and the School of Psychology, University of Ottawa.

  • 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.

  • Mr. Gordon DiGiacomo, Senior Fellow at the Centre of Governance, University of Ottawa.

  • Dr. Alex Kalache, Co-President of the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance and President of ILC-Brazil.

Margaret Gillis speaks at the UN on the Sustainable Development Goals

On March 26th, 2015, ILC President Margaret Gillis spoke on behalf of the Subgroup on Aging which represents the interests of over 800 million older people globally. Margaret drew attention to the fact that older people were ignored in some key areas of the Sustainable Development Goals and that data was required to ensure that they were not left behind. Notably, the final Sustainable Development Goals made key gains for older people.


Dr. Louise Plouffe speaks to the Open Ended Working Group


Dr. Louise Plouffe spoke at the Morning Session of the Open Eneded Working Group on Aging, posing questions to the Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of All Human Rights by Older Persons Rosa Kornfeld-Matte. Louise begins speaking at 2:20:38 and stops at 2:22:44, raising questions such as the access to euthanasia type programs allowing for dying with dignity while many patients are not allowed to seek improvements for their chronic pain or other chronic conditions.