Seoul ASEM Conference - NHRI Special Session

NHRIs agree on a roadmap for the establishment of the ICC Working Group on Ageing

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 representatives.

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 identified.

At the meeting participants were briefed on and discussed, among other issues, the following topics:

  • The international discourse on the rights of older persons;
  • ICC Regional coordinators from Europe and Asia-Pacific provided an update on regional activities;
  • Best practices from NHRIs’ activities were shared;
  • The ICC’s future strategy was discussed, including the process for the establishment of an ICC Working Group on Ageing, its mandate and next steps.

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: