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Notifications of events organized throughout the year by the NGO Committee on Ageing will be sent out by email. Watch this space for updates on upcoming events. 


The Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People (GAROP) will be organizing a webinar on “The Right to Independence and Autonomy in Older Age” on 31 January 2018.  This topic will be discussed at the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing when it meets from 23-26 July 2018 (see below).

Register for the webinar here GAROP webinar.


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2018 will be another year filled with United Nations meetings that will have implications for the concerns of older persons.  Members, particularly those with ECOSOC status, are encouraged to attend UN meetings not only to become more aware of global issues for application to their own areas of work, but also to promote the concerns of older persons at the United Nations by submitting oral or written statements, where appropriate.  Please pay attention to new registration requirements (INDICO)  - instructions are included in each of the websites listed below.

Please also pay particular attention to the ninth session of Open-ended Working Group on Ageing, which will be held from 23-26 July.  See below for details on how you can contribute to the discussions.

The intergovernmental meetings include the following:

Commission for Social Development (29 January – 7 February):
Theme:  Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all. https://www.un.org/development/desa/dspd/2017/12/14/56th-commission-for-social-development-csocd56/

Registration closes on 16 January 2018. 

It is expected that the report on the Third Review and Appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002 will be considered by the Commission on Wednesday, 31 January. (http://undocs.org/E/CN.5/2018/4)

Side events that may be of special interest (please check CSocD website for updates):

30 January:

  • 1:00 - 3:00 p.m, AARP Annual Briefing Series, Luncheon in the Delegates Dining Room:  Taking a Different Course for a World Free of Poverty, followed by an evening reception from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. also in the Delegates Dining Room.  BY INVITATION ONLY - please contact Ms. Erica Dhar, AARP International - edhar@aarp.org, with your contact information and affiliation. 

31 January:

  • 10:00 -11:30 a.m, Conference Room D:  The Age of Ageing
  • 11:45 – 1:00 p.m, Conference Room D:  Inequalities in retirement: making the work-to-retirement transition
  • 3:00 – 4:30 p.m, Conference Room D:  MIPAA meets SDG1 – responses to old-age poverty in the UNECE region

1 February:

  • 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m, Conference Room D;  Dignity in older age – taking a rights-based approach to ageing and older people.
  • 1:15 -  2:30 p.m, Conference Room 12:  Persons with disabilities: realizing equal rights and inclusive development
  • 1:15 – 2:30 p.m, Conference Room 5:  Ageism:  A Prejudice against our Future Selves (Co-sponsored by the NGO Committee on Ageing). Those who do not have UN passes should contact Ms. Cynthia Stuen at cynthia.stuen@gmail.com by 19 January 2018.

2 February:

  • 1:15 – 2:30 p.m, Conference Room 12:  Why are digital skills critical for older persons? (Co-sponsored by the NGO Committee on Ageing)
  • 4:45 – 6:00 p.m, Conference Room D:  Social Protection Floors as key tools for eradicating poverty: best practices and strategies for the future

7 February:

  • 1:15 – 2:30 p.m, Conference Room 7:  Humanitarian Action for Older Persons:  15 years after Madrid

Statistical Commission (6-9 March)
Theme:  Better Data, Better Lives


Commission on the Status of Women (12-23 March):
Priority theme: Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls

Registration closes on 27 January.

Commission on Population and Development (9-13 April)
Theme:  Sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration

Registration closes on 16 March 2018.

High-Level Political Forum (9-18 July) – follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Stakeholder Group on Ageing (https://www.stakeholdergrouponageing.org/) of which the NGO Committee on Ageing is a member, will be organizing the participation of its members in the HLPF.  

This is an extremely important meeting for the NGO Committee on Ageing, at which the elaboration of a convention to protect the rights of older persons will be considered.  The two issues that will be discussed at the ninth session in July will be:  independence and autonomy; and long-term care and palliative care.

Member States, national human rights institutes and NGOs have been asked to provide comments on those two issues, by 9 April 2018.  GO TO WEBSITE TO SEE GUIDING QUESTIONS  FOR RESPONDING TO THOSE ISSUES.

All members of the NGO Committee on Ageing are urged to attend the OEWGA.  The conference room should be full of people each day who support the rights of older persons!


Learn more about the Committee’s mission here.

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