The fourth session of the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing was held from 12-15 August 2013 in New York, and was characterised by greater participation from civil society organisations of older persons, as well as broader representation from African and Asian countries than in previous sessions. Although many actors within group, particularly the Latin American countries, are trying to work towards a new binding instrument to comprehensively protect the human rights of older persons, significant opposition remains from some key States – including the EU, US and Canada.
The United Nations held its third session of the Open-Ended Working Group on the Rights of Older People in New York from 21-24 August, over a year since the second working session in August 2011. Some significant progress has been made in the lead up to this session, including the publication of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights report on the rights of older people. However, in the absence of consensus as to whether a new UN Convention on the Rights of Older People is necessary, there have been some concerns about the long-term prospects for the continuation of this Working Group.