GENEVA, SEPTEMBER 20 – The Covid pandemic has affected the elderly above all, highlighting the fragility of their health and in many cases forcing them into isolation and the risk of marginalization and discrimination. He recalled this in his speech at the Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on the human rights of elderly people, Claudia Mahler, the Deputy Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Marie Sol Fulci.
The meeting was organized in the framework of the 48th session of the Human Rights Council. Fulci recalled that Italy welcomed the publication by the Secretary General of the United Nations of the “Policy Brief on the Impact of COVID-19 on Older Persons” in December 2020 and supported his call to promote responses to the pandemic based on respect for the rights and dignity of older people.
“In the belief that a human rights-based approach is the most appropriate and effective one to combat age-based discrimination, Italy attaches particular importance to promoting the rights of the elderly,” said Fulci, citing Italy’s commitment in the implementation of the Madrid International Action Plan on Aging, as well as in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, including those of particular relevance for the rights of older people.
Reaffirming Italy’s commitment to promoting a constructive and global dialogue on the rights of older people, Marie Sol Fulci recalled that in 2022 Italy will host the next UNECE Ministerial Conference on Aging during which the issue will be addressed the prevention and fight against age discrimination.
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