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Listen to older people’s ‘suggestions and ideas’ for more inclusive societies, urges UN chief

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is reckoning with the disproportionate and severe impact that the virus has wrought on the “health…rights and well being” of older persons, the UN chief has said, marking the international day highlighting their issues.

‘Rights and dignity’ of older people must be respected during COVID-19 and beyond

The COVID-19 fatality rate for people over 80-years-old, is five times the global average, the UN Secretary-General said on Friday, launching a new policy initiative to address this and many other challenges faced by the elderly, during and after the biggest public health crisis to hit the world in a century.

Older Persons and COVID-19: Policy Brief

António Guterres (United Nations Secretary-General) on the Launch of the Policy Brief on Older Persons
  

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First Person: Hawaii’s ‘silver tsunami’: the challenge of caring for kupuna elders

The 17 goals agreed by the global community to reduce poverty and create a sustainable planet are the responsibility of all people, wherever they are in the world, according to the United Nations. The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs represent a boundary-pushing blueprint for the future of the Earth and it’s anticipated they will be realized by 2030. UN News joined the International Labour Organization on a visit to Hawaii where many people are already living aspects of the goals in their everyday work. 

News in Brief 27 March 2020

  • Abandoning elderly at risk from coronavirus is ‘criminal’: OHCHR
  • Asylum-seekers’ concern over #COVID-19 restrictions – UNHCR
  • ‘Social bomb’ could explode as those on society’s margins struggle under COVID-19
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Protect ‘healthcare heroes’ from COVID-19, urges UN rights expert

States and business leaders must step up efforts to ensure that the selfless doctors, nurses, first-responders and other medical professionals working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic receive adequate protective equipment, a UN rights expert said on Friday.