2012-ICSW-Statement-UN-Open_ended_working_group_on_ageing.doc - 21 August 2012 Open-ended Working Group on Ageing Third working session 21-24 August


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21 August 2012 Open-ended Working Group on Ageing Third working session, 21-24 August 2012, New York, UN Headquarters Statement of the International Council on Social Welfare Excellencies, Ladies and Gentleman, My name is Sergei Zelenev, I am Executive Director of the International Council on Social Welfare. The ICSW is a non-governmental international organization devoted to promoting social welfare, social development and social justice world- wide. ICSW activities are conducted at the national level by national umbrella organizations, which are indigenous to each country. The present ICSW statement provides an opportunity for our member organizations to present our collective views regarding some important issues pertinent to the agenda of this session. We at ICSW consider the establishment of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing by the General Assembly through its resolution 65/85 as an important step in the quest for the protection and promotion of human rights of older persons. For the ICSW that objective is not something abstract; rather, it is very down-to- earth and has enormous practical significance for our activities at the local level. The results of the first review and appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of
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