The goal of the Committee is to further the UN’s mission of building a society for all ages. Today’s youth are tomorrow’s older persons. In 2014, there were 868 million people aged 60 and over – 12 per cent of the global population. This figure will reach 1.375 billion by 2030, increasing to about 16 per cent. Two thirds of older persons currently live in developing countries; this will increase to three quarters by 2030.
Ageing was first addressed by the UN in 1948. The first major speech on older persons was made in the General Assembly in 1969. A resolution was adopted in 1971 requesting the Secretary General to investigate ageing in the world and the Ageing Unit was established. Reports suggested that between 1970 and 2000, the developed world would see a 50% increase in the number of older citizens. For less developed countries, the increase was projected at 150%. These findings gave rise to the birth of the NGO Committee on Ageing in New York. The Committee calls for the integration of all persons of all ages in the post­-2015 agenda.

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Learn more about the Committee’s mission here.

December General Meeting


DATE: Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
TIME: 1-3:00 PM

Strategies and Challenges for Advocacy on Behalf of Older Persons at the UN 

"UN Focal Point on Ageing: What we do and how we support each other"

Rosemary Lane, Focal Point on Ageing, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)

"An inside view of the strategies and challenges for gaining rights for older persons"

Catarina Carvalho, Senior Policy Advisor

High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population and Development

The program will be followed by a brief business meeting. 
There will be refreshments to celebrate the holidays!

Download Flyer Here. For more information on this program contact the NGO Committee on Ageing: Cynthia Stuen, Vice-Chair: email:

Literacy for Older Persons - Request for Proposal 2015

Literacy for Older Persons - Request for Proposal 2015

Literacy Request for Proposal

The NGO Committee on Ageing at the United Nations, New York ( ) is proud to offer an opportunity for qualified NGOs and other entities to submit a short proposal to provide basic literacy opportunities for older persons in the developing and least developed nations. $3000 (US) may be offered to the most qualified and reliable applicant. Proposals must be submitted by close of business on December 31, 2015.

As detailed in the Request for Proposal, we intend that this opportunity be catalytic; one to expand the opportunities for older persons to attain basic literacy – reading, writing and arithmetic.

Please contact Jack Kupferman,, US telephone – 917 535 0457. Feel free to forward this RFP to potentially qualified NGOs and other interested entities.

Change the Way You Think About Age! Centenarians Answer the Right Questions…

You think you know what it means to be 100 years old?  Meet centenarians who have busy, fulfilling lives and set goals for themselves. This video is inspired by the work of the Gray Panthers and the NGO Committee on Ageing in New York, and produced by the office of the Focal Point on Ageing at the United Nations. It is an illustration that older persons are a resource, not a burden. Please “Like” it on YouTube. It may bring a smile to your day.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations Headquarters (Visitors’ entrance, First Avenue and 46th Street)

“Sustainability and Age-Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment” Download Flyer here.

You can now watch the 2015 IDOP morning session via the UN Webcast, here.

In partnership with United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations (Group of Friends of Older Persons and other co-sponsors will be listed in final program), and with generous support from AARP, Global Coalition on Aging, Pfizer Corporation and Skanska

Co-chairs of IDOP Planning Committee:  Cynthia Stuen and Frances Zainoeddin



The NGO Committee on Ageing, NY works to raise world awareness of the opportunities and challenges of global ageing. The Committee advocates within the United Nations community to further integrate ageing in UN policies and programs.


NGO Committee on Ageing
Janet Sigal (Chair)
American Psychological Association
Cynthia Stuen (Vice-Chair)
International Federation on Ageing


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