oa ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa - Editorial

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1684-260X



The need to strengthen the protection of the rights of older persons has gained momentum in recent years. At the international level, there are calls for the adoption of a United Nations (UN) convention on the rights of older persons. Accordingly, a UN Working Group on Older Persons was established in 2010 to review the existing international framework on the rights of older persons and to identify gaps and how best to address them, including the possibility of additional instruments and measures. In the same year, the UN Commission for Social Development called on states to adopt appropriate measures in order to promote and protect the rights of older persons and provide them with economic and social security and health care. There is also an increased demand for the needs of older persons to be considered in efforts towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. A Working Group on the Rights of Older Persons and People with Disabilities in Africa was established in 2009 to look at, among other things, the drafting of a protocol on older persons in Africa.

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