26 October, Seoul - The National Human Rights
Commission of Korea in conjunction with the International Coordinating
Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human
Rights and the Asia Pacific Forum hosted the “NHRI Special Session on the Role of NHRIs in promoting and protecting the rights of
older persons” on 26th October 2015 in Seoul, Korea.
The NHRI Special Session was held on the
margins of the ASEM Conference on Global Ageing and Human Rights of Older
Persons, which took place from 26-28 October 2015.
Representatives from 17 National Human Rights
Institutions (NHRIs) from different regions attended the NHRI Special Session,
as well as other stakeholders such a representatives from the Office of the
High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), United Nations Department of
Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), United Nations Economic and Social
Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the European Commission and State
The main objective of the Special Session was to
identify ways to enhance NHRIs’ role in the promotion and protection of the
rights of older persons at the international level including in the work of the
UN Open-ended Working Group on Ageing. In this context,
the process for the establishment of an ICC Working Group on Ageing (ICC WG)
was defined and priorities and next steps for the ICC Working Group were
At the meeting participants were briefed on and
discussed, among other issues, the following topics:
At the NHRI Special Session it was agreed that consultation processes would
be held at regional level to identify the ICC WG members by December 2015.
The first task for the ICC WG will
be to finalise the draft Terms of Reference of the ICC WG to be presented at
the ICC Bureau meeting in March 2016 for endorsement.
Find here the Outcome Report of
the NHRI Special Session and other documents: