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.

We invite you to join us in this mission. Click on the Join Us button above to learn more about becoming a member.

Learn more about the Committee’s mission here.

The sixth working session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 14 to 16 July 2015.

A statement was presented to OEWG-6, July 16, 2015, on behalf of the Stakeholder Group on Ageing and the NGO Committee on Ageing by Erica Dhar, AARP, titled OLDER PERSONS AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA: Reflections on indicators for the SDGs.

  • Download AARP Statement presented on Thursday, July 16th, by Erica Dhar, AARP.
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Mary Mayer

We are sad to announce the loss of our long time member, supporter and friend, Mary Mayer. Among the many ways in which she participated in the committee’s work over the past years, Mary co-edited a journal, “Issues of Ageing and Disabilities: International Perspectives” that remains a useful resource as these two issues continue to intersect and grow in importance. 

Mary was the IFA Representative at the UN. Dr. Jane Barratt, Secretary General of the International Federation On Aging has written a note on their website celebrating her life and honoring her work in the field. You can read Dr. Barratt’s piece here.

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25th Anniversary Celebration of the United Nations International Day of Older Persons at the United Nations

“Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment”
The NGO Committee on Ageing/NY in cooperation with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs/Focal Point on Ageing and the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations

Thursday, 15 October 2015 – 10am to 1pm

Registration will begin in September 

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Falling Between the Cracks: Abuse and Violence Against Older Women 

Marking World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 10 years on.

The NGO Committee on Ageing, Geneva and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) organized a Side Event on 15 June 2015, at the Human Rights Council, 29th session, in Geneva.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), designated as 15 June, was initiated by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) in 2006, and recognised as a United Nations Day by the General Assembly in its resolution A/RES/66/127 adopted in 2011.

Read the NGO Committee on Ageing, Geneva’s report here…

(5th meeting) Informal meetings of the plenary of the process of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda

Informal meetings of the plenary of the process of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, pursuant to resolution 69/244 and decisions 69/550 and 69/555, and as part of the preparatory process of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, in accordance with resolution 68/279 (joint meetings)

The Ambassador begins with acknowledging a representative's 75th birthday then goes on to appreciate the contributions of older persons to the post-2015 processes.

Further implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002

Report of the Secretary-General
Commission for Social Development Fifty-third session 4-12 February 2015
Follow-up to the World Summit for Social Development and the twenty-fourth special session of the General Assembly: review of relevant United Nations plans and programmes of action pertaining to the situation of social groups.

10 reasons why we need to act, click here

Existing human rights mechanisms have lacked a systematic and comprehensive approach to the specific circumstances of older men and women – Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General

On 21 December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly established an Open-ended Working Group on Ageing with a mandate to identify gaps in the protection of the rights of older people and ways in which these gaps can be addressed.

Here are ten reasons why the Working Group should recommend the strengthening of legally-binding standards on the rights of older people and the development of a new protection regime.

Endorsed by 76 Organizations


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 and encourages member states to include ageing needs in social and economic policy considerations.


NGO Committee on Ageing

James Collins (Chair)
International Council on Social Welfare

Janet Sigal (Vice-Chair)
American Psychological Association


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