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ECLAC and the Government of Mexico City Convene a Forum on the Rights of Older Persons

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The International Forum on the Rights of Older Persons will take place from 26-28 March 2012 in Mexico City and is organized by the Government of Mexico City and the Latin American and Caribbean Demographic Center (CELADE) - Population Division of ECLAC.

At the event, specialists will analyze in depth topics related to the rights of older persons, with the purpose of contributing - from the Latin American perspective - to the tasks of the United Nations Open-ended Working Group on Ageing and the Open-ended Working Group on strengthening the protection of the human rights of older persons of the Organization of American States.

The meeting will be inaugurated on Monday 26 March at 10:00 am at Hotel Hilton Mexico City Reforma, in Mexico City by Rosa Icela Rodríguez Velázquez, General Director for Older Persons in the Federal District; Dirk Jaspers, Director of CELADE-Population Division of ECLAC; and Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon, Head of Government of the Federal District.

Jesús Valdés, Secretary of Social Development of the Government of the Federal District and Francesca Ramos Morgan, Coordinator of International Affairs of the Government of the Federal District will also take part in the opening ceremony.

At the various sessions during the Forum, topics such as equality and non-discrimination in the old age; integrity and mistreatment of older persons; their access to justice and priority attention; adequate standard of living, social services and ageing; women and their life cycle and human rights; the participation of older persons in political and public life, and the progress and challenges on the protection of their rights.

The media are invited to attend this Forum. For more information and a detailed event agenda in Spanish, please click on the above link.

Press Contact:

ECLAC's Public Information and Web Services Unit
ECLAC Headquarters. Av. Dag Hammarskjöld 3477, Vitacura, Santiago, Chile
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In Mexico City, please contact:

María Luisa Díaz, ECLAC Sub-regional Headquarters in Mexico.
E-mail: , tel.: (52 55) 4170.5665.

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