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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CSocD Side Events

Commission on Social Development Side Events

Ensuring Health Ageing: An Underutilized Strategy of Vaccinations

DATE: February 3, 2016
TIME: 3:00-4:30 p.m.
PLACE: Conference Room E at the UN


H.E. Mr. Ruben Ignacio Zamora Rivas, Permanent Mission of El Salvador to the UN
Dr. Jane Barratt, Secretary General, International Federation on Ageing
Dr. Cynthia Stuen, Vice-Chair, NGO Committee on Ageing-New York
Dr. Heather Sings, Senior Director and Medical Lead, Pneumococcal Vaccines at Pfizer


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DATE: Thursday, February 4, 2016 
TIME: 11:45 to 1:00 p.m.
PLACE: Conference Room E at UN Headquarters in New York

Ensuring health and wellbeing across the lifespan: indicators, challenges, and opportunities

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DATE: Thursday, February 4, 2016 
TIME: 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.
PLACE: Conference Room 7 at UN Headquarters in New York

This event will highlight how innovative civil society platforms are promoting practical solutions to how no one should be left behind in the implementation of Agenda 2030, thereby contributing to strengthening inclusive societies in an ageing world.

Panelists at the event include:
Mme Vappu Taipale, Occupy Your Age/ Valli ,Finland: Innovation to promote accessible urban environments
Mr. Tony German and Ms. Judith Randel, Development Initiatives: Innovations on data disaggregation through the SDG Project P20i, focusing on poverty, gender, age and disability data.
Marion Steff, Sightsavers: Participatory research project "Voices of the Marginalized" with older people and people with disabilities in Bangladesh and Tanzania

The event will be chaired by UNDESA with opening remarks given by Dr. David Nabarro, Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

RSVP: Please let us know if you would like to attend this event by emailing by February 3rd.
Please RSVP to Cassia by February 1st if you require a UN Events pass, in order to ensure clearance by security.

In addition to the Committee on Ageing, co-sponsors include Civicus, Sightsavers, ADD International, UN DESA and the Permanent UN Missions of Finland and Sweden.

DATE: Monday, 8 February 2016 
TIME: 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.
PLACE: Conference Room 7 at UN Headquarters in New York


Keynote speaker: Dr. Toshio Obi, Professor of Global Information and Telecommunications Studies at WASEDA University
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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.


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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