GENEVA (19 November 2018) – UN human rights expert Rosa Kornfeld-Matte will carry out her first official visit to Uruguay from 19 to 29 November 2018 to assess the human rights situation of older persons in the country.
“This visit provides an opportunity to assess - in light of Uruguay’s national policy on ageing - the implementation of national and international standards relevant to the rights of older persons, to identify good practices related to my mandate and provide recommendations on how to close potential gaps,” the Independent Expert said.
“I would in particular like to learn more about the social security and health system, including the social pensions that are non-contributory cash transfers to older persons,” she added.
Kornfeld-Matte is the first Independent Expert tasked by the UN Human Rights Council with monitoring, reporting and advising on the promotion and protection of rights for older persons.
Kornfeld-Matte, who is visiting the country at the invitation of the Government, is a key member of the Geneva Group of Friends on Human Rights of Older Persons and will hold discussions with government representatives, non-governmental organisations and others, working with and on the issue of older persons.
A press conference will be held in Montevideo at the conclusion of the expert’s visit, on Thursday, 29 November 2018 at 10.30a.m. at the UNDP Building, Paraguay street 1470, piso 5, to share preliminary findings with the media.
The Independent Expert will present her findings and recommendations of her country visit in a report to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2019.
Ms. Rosa Kornfeld-Matte (Chile) was appointed by Human Rights Council as the first Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons in May 2014. Ms. Kornfeld-Matte served as the National Director of the Chilean National Service of Ageing where she designed and implemented the National Policy of Ageing. She has a long career as an academic and is the founder of the programme for older persons at the Pontificia Unversidad Católica de Chile.
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UN Human Rights, Country Page – Uruguay
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