Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of All Human Rights by Older Persons, Ms. Claudia Mahle

Dylan Lang
U.S. Adviser for the Third Committee
New York, New York
September 28, 2023


Thank you, Chair, and thank you, Madam Independent Expert, for your report on climate change-induced disasters and their effect on older persons. We applaud your efforts.

We are committed to addressing the climate crisis and the vulnerable status of older persons in a manner that respects human rights. Climate change significantly impacts all older persons, specifically their health, financial security, and community.

We also appreciate your efforts to highlight the multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination older persons face, especially the intersection between ageing and gender, including sexual orientation and gender identity, in data collection and research analysis. Your report helpfully shines the spotlight on older women and the effect of the climate crisis on this particularly vulnerable group.

In January, the United States – along with 11 other Member States – signed a Joint Declaration on the Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity. One of its aims is to pursue economic policies that leave no one behind, including older persons, by addressing the climate crisis, food security challenges, and vulnerabilities in global supply chains.

Madam Independent Expert, what specific actions can Member States take to adequately support the rights of older persons in changing climates?

Thank you.