Vietnam vows to promote the rights of the elderly

NDO/VNA – Vietnam will protect and promote the rights of the elderly at regional and global levels, Ambassador and deputy permanent representative of the Vietnam mission to the United Nations (UN) Pham Thi Kim Anh has affirmed.

Addressing the eighth session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Aging ,that took place at the UN headquarters in New York on July 5-7, Anh highlighted Vietnam’s many achievements in providing care for the elderly and increasing their role in society, including designating June 6 as Vietnam Elderly Day and October as an action month for the elderly, providing free health check-ups and medicine, gift-giving and house construction.

Vietnam has 1.2 million old people in the political system, many of whom were elected to the National Assembly and People’s Councils, with 2.5 million others engaging in production, trade and services.

Participants discussed aging worldwide and the challenges facing senior citizens such as inequality, violence, abuse, limited access to health insurance and social welfare.

They detailed their countries’ efforts in ensuring the rights of the elderly via laws, policies and action programmes.

Several delegates highlighted the need for an international document on promoting and protecting the rights of the elderly. They welcomed the Latin American countries’ adoption of the Inter-American Convention on Protecting the Human Rights of Older Persons – the first document of regional level on the issue.

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