The EU thanks the OHCHR for its analytical study on the promotion and protection of the rights of older persons in the context of climate change, to which EU member states had contributed.
Climate change-related impacts have a range of implications, both direct and indirect, for the effective enjoyment of human rights, disproportionately affecting individuals in vulnerable situations, including older persons. While age does not in itself make individuals more vulnerable to climate risks, age is, however, accompanied by a number of physical, political, economic and social factors that may do so, and consequently, older persons face disproportionate impacts. Climate change effects can impair the realisation the human rights of, among others, older persons, including the rights to life, health, food, water and sanitation, housing, freedom of movement, livelihoods, social protection, development and culture, among others.
Effective global climate actions promote the enjoyment of human rights of all and must be human rights-based. Action on adaptation to climate change is an urgent priority for current and future generations. With the adoption of the Green Deal, the EU is more than ever engaged in the fight against climate change. It will continue to look for close cooperation with international partners in this fight while pushing for the full implementation of international human rights instruments in order to support human-rights based climate action.
We would be grateful if the panellists could elaborate on good practices and specific actions states can adopt to integrate consideration of older persons in environmental and sustainability planning.