United Nations Open-ended Working Group on Ageing (5th Session)
General Assembly, United Nations Headquarters, New York, 31 July – 1 August 2014
TARS CEO Russell Westacott and solicitor Kim Boettcher joined key NGOs from around the world to participate in the Open Ended Work Group on Ageing. At a session on elder abuse, Kim was invited to speak about Australia’s policies aimed at strengthening the protection of older people. She gave as an example of the need for such protection, the eviction of elderly residents of The Rocks in Sydney, with no legal representation or support. A number of Member State representatives and NGO representatives provided very positive feedback after her intervention, stating that it was “inspirational”.
The United Nations work has positioned TARS on the world stage as a go-to independent organisation for other members of civil society and politicians seeking grassroots knowledge of systemic issues faced by older people, legal expertise in the area of elder law and elder abuse, and legal expertise in drafting a proposed international convention on the human rights of older people.