1. The Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable
Development welcomes and supports the report prepared by Ms Sahiba
Gafarova on behalf of the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination.
Issues related to older persons amongst the vulnerable groups of
society are regularly addressed by the Social Affairs Committee,
such as recently in the report resulting in the adoption of Resolution 1882 (2012) and Recommendation
2000 (2012) on decent pensions for all. Moreover, questions relating
to the situation of older persons should generally be considered
as a priority in the current demographic and economic context.
2. However, the committee considers that it is important to provide
clear definitions for the notions of “older persons” and “older
workers” and to explicitly distinguish the two terms in order to
provide a clear framework for decision-makers. A reference could
also be made to the increasing group of people at pensionable age
who wish to, or have to, pursue their professional activity, in
order to reflect the social reality that elderly people have active
professional lives for much longer than in previous times.
3. The Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development
would therefore like to suggest a few amendments to the draft resolution
as set out below, to sharpen its key messages and increase its impact in