Clustered ID with the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons and the Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination

H. Emre UYGUN 16.09.2015

Madam Vice-President,

We thank Mrs. Kornfeldt-Matte, Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons and the Working Group on use of mercenaries for their detailed presentations today.

As the Independent Expert has very rightly pointed out, autonomy and care of older persons are crucial. In this regard we agree and support the recommendations made in her report.

Ageing and older people deserve a greater focus. The challenges they are facing need to be addressed accurately. We also should not forget that older people are the most vulnerable, even more than children and women, especially in humanitarian crises.

We need to create age-sensitive communities and age-friendly environments to help older persons retain their autonomy and be active, and be integrated effectively in all aspects of life.

In the 2013 Declaration of the “International Istanbul Initiative on Ageing” it is stated that “recognizing the specific rights of older people is essential to promoting human rights globally”.

A better understanding for their needs is of utmost importance. In this regard we need a non-discriminatory, all-encompassing and human rights-based approach towards this challenge. Modern societies should not discriminate and set barriers to the lives of older persons.

We should work for raising awareness, as well as the continuation of good quality care, provide strong support to caregivers and train the workforce. The aim should be to move from commitment to action together with all stakeholders.

Turkey has also intensified its efforts for providing better living conditions for older persons.

We are committed to the principal of everyone’s right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, irrespective of age.

In the same vein, the international community should spare no effort to meet the specific needs of older persons, and we hope that these efforts culminate in creating a culture that leaves no one behind.

I thank you.


Sadık Arslan Ambassador

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