Our rights under threat as we grow old - International expert discussion on the intersection of disability and age

This highl-level virtual debate is organised as a side event during the 13th session of the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations' Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD).

You are invited to join the interactive discussion with two UN experts on the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on older persons and persons with disabilities, exacerbated by existing ageism, ableism, and shortcomings in support systems and residential care.

The issues to be discussed include:

  • Key gaps and challenges in the protection of the rights of older persons with disabilities as exposed and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Overlaps and distinctions in the protection of the rights of older persons and the rights of persons with disabilities
  • Can the CRPD respond to the needs and rights of all older persons?
  • Main lessons from the CRPD process for the UN Open-ended Group on Ageing on the protection of the human rights of older persons.


  • Gerard Quinn, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Claudia Mahler, Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of all Human Rights by Older Persons
  • Kate Swaffer, Chair, CEO & Co-founder, Dementia Alliance International (DAI)

Moderator: Bethany Brown, Human Rights Advisor, International Disability Alliance (IDA)

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Tuesday, 1 December, 2020 - 07:15 to 08:30
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