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Reflections on ISA's UN-NGO Status

The following is a personal reflection from ISA member Jennifer Sciubba about her experience attending a UN-sponsored working group:  From August 12-15th, I had the opportunity to attend and observe the Fourth Open-Ended Working Group to consider a Convention on the Rights of Older People at the UN, thanks to ISA’s status as a UN-ECOSOC recognized NGO. For several years, I have been researching the evolution and impact of global advocacy for the aged, and the proposed convention is the hottest issue on the advocacy agenda these days. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the only other UN Convention of the millennium, so Member States are charged over the possibility of another new instrument, and NGOs have been fighting for support for the convention proposal. Attending the OEWG was a unique opportunity that allowed me to have dozens of on- and off-the-record conversations with advocates, UN employees, and NGOs. It will be years before there is a positive or negative outcome to the debate, but there are already plenty of interesting political science questions we can answer about issue emergence and support, framing, and human rights proliferation. I look forward to sharing the published outcomes of this research with the wider ISA community.

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