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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NGOs may now register for the 6th session of the OEWGA, which will be held in New York on 13-16 July 2015.
This link also includes information on the registration process for NGOs that are not in consultative status with ECOSOC so they may send representatives.
(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.
PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF OLDER PEOPLE
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.