UN expert in Namibia to asses older persons' human rights

06 Mar 2017 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 06 MAR (NAMPA) – United Nations (UN) Independent Expert on human rights, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, is in Namibia to assess the situation of older persons in the country.
The UN diplomat arrived Thursday for a weeklong visit to identify the best practices and gaps in the implementation of laws related to the promotion and protection of older person’s rights.
The UN Human Rights Council Office in Namibia made the visit public on Monday through a media statement.
“I am particularly interested in learning more about Namibia’s extensive social protection system, including the universal non-contributory pension which helped to significantly reduce poverty levels in the country,” Kornfeld-Matte is quoted in the statement.
The UN diplomat emphasised that her observation on the technology used to manage the payment system is crucial in a country with a low population density, as such experiences may have a lot of potential for other countries in similar situations.
“I would also like to learn more about Namibia’s policies and strategies of relevance to older persons such as the Government’s prosperity plan,” she added.
Kornfeld-Matte is visiting the country on Government’s invitation and will also travel to the Kavango Region, where she will hold discussions with government representatives and non-governmental organisations working on the issue of older persons.
The expert, originally from Chile in South America, was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council in May 2014 and tasked with monitoring, reporting and advising on the promotion and protection of the rights of older persons around the world.
She will on 13 March hold a media conference in Windhoek to share the preliminary findings of her visit.