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The 24th Anniversary of the United Nations International Day of Older Persons: 


The 24th Annual United Nations Celebration of International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) will be held at United Nations headquarters on October 9th under the auspices of the CoNGO Non Governmental Committee on Ageing /New York with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Open to the public, this year’s program is sponsored by the governments of Argentina, El Salvador, Slovenia, South Africa and Thailand.

“Leave No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All” is the theme of this year’s event which will be held on from 10 am to 1 pm .  Featured as the keynote speaker will be Ms. Amina Mohammed, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning.  A panel “Breaking Barriers: Sharing Successful Innovative Approaches to Ageing” will include stories from El Salvador’s grassroots organizers, showcasing technological innovations for global ageing populations and dealing with disability in ageing. Deputy Permanent Representative of Argentina, Mr. Mateo Estrémé, Chair of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing will provide an update on the status of efforts to develop a legally binding document protecting the rights of older persons. A fundraising luncheon “Ageing is an Intergenerational Journey” will follow in the United Nations Delegates Dining Room.

Pfizer, Inc. is a financial sponsor.

Registration for both events will be available online after September 2nd.

Further details of the International Day of Older Persons can be viewed here.

Past celebrations of the International Day of Older Persons can be reviewed here.

Daily NGO Briefings

When: July 30th – August 1st, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Where: Conference Room 9 (CR9); Conference Building (CB)
Featuring Presentations from Distinguished Speakers: Ms. Bridget Sleap, Mr. Mateo Estrémé, Mr. Matej Marn and Mr. Andrew Byrnes.

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Final Compilation of Sustainable Development Goals & Targets

The 13th and final session of the General Assembly's Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals concluded 19July2014 with a outcome document containing 17 Goals plus over 160 targets.

This is an important milestone in a multi-year process scheduled to conclude with a UN Summit in September 2015 to adopt a post-2015 development agenda to supersede the Millennium Development Goals.

SDGs Final Approved 19 July

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Standing Against Elder Abuse' - Reaping Hope

This short film was screened at UN WEAAD on 26 June, 2014. Watch the film …


Established in 2011, the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People is a civil society movement born out of the need to strengthen the rights and voice of older people globally. The Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People supports the creation of new international and regional human rights instruments as powerful tools for strengthening the rights of older people.

The Alliance is committed to building national-level capacity to work towards more effective human rights instruments for older people.

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The Shape of Population Change [United Nations publication (ST/ESA/SER.A/208)]

Between now and 2050, the total number of persons 60 years and older worldwide will rise from about 600 million to almost 2 billion. Never before in human history have so many lived so long. To enhance a greater understanding of this “agequake” and how each of us can play a role, the NGO Committee on Ageing website offers a unique “one-stop” resource. Opinion-leaders and individuals will find the listing of documents and expert papers, gathered from the Committee’s specialized meetings and briefings, along with related United Nations documents and organizational web sites can help provide insights and background understanding of this demographic revolution and its global implication.

Civil Society Forum - Fifty-Second Session of the Commission for Social Development
Dr. Pat Brownell remarks delivered at the Civil Society Forum at the UN on 2/10/14. 

Here is the link to the Civil Society afternoon session; Dr. Brownell's presentation starts around 41 minutes into the video. 


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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.

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