Older persons make wide-ranging contributions to economic and social development. However discrimination and social exclusion persist. We must overcome these biases in order to ensure a socially and economically active, secure and healthy ageing population.


-To further the United Nations’ mission of building a society for all ages;
-To raise awareness of ageing and intergenerational issues and ensure that they are adequately addressed by the UN System;
-To advocate for a new convention on the rights of older persons; and
-To influence global policy and monitor the implementation of existing commitments.


Strengthening relationships with NGOs and by providing a platform for strategy development;
Bringing diverse voices from local and national levels to international platforms;
Drawing on the experience of Committee Members to share analyses on trends, needs and good practices; and
-Maintaining regular communication with the Vienna and New York UN NGO Committees on Ageing and with the UN Open-ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG).


The Open-ended Working Group on Ageing

The OEWG is a UN working group that meets in New York. It was established by a resolution at the 2010 General Assembly. Read the resolution A/RES/65/182. Since the establishment of this working group, seven sessions have been held.

The Independent expert

The Independent expert

In May 2014, the Human Rights Council appointed Ms. Rosa Kornfeld-Matte as the first Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons (HROP).

Thursday 1 October 2015, the 25th United Nations International Day of Older Persons.

Re-think our cities, the UN expert calls for older persons’ accessibility to all urban settings. GENEVA (29 September 2015). Speaking ahead of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons, the United Nations Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, urges States to improve older persons’ accessibility to urban infrastructure, facilities and Services.

The truth about ageing and development

The truth about ageing and development

The Report „Facing the Facts: the truth about ageing and development” brings together expert opinions on the trends, challenges and opportunities presented by a global ageing Population.

WHO report on ageing and health 2015


The „World report on ageing and health“ highlights the need for major societal change, to ensure that people are not just living longer, but also healthier, lives. The report outlines key areas for action, in the organization of health systems, in our wider physical and social environments, and in the way society as a whole views older People.

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Why we need a convention for older persons

Age discrimination and ageism are tolerated across the world, and older people experience discrimination and the violation of their rights at family, community and institutional levels. At the same time unprecedented demographic ageing means that the number of people who are likely to experience age discrimination and violation of their rights in old age will […]

Call for inputs until 5 May 2017

Call for inputs on focus issues of the 8th session: The deadline is 5 May 2017. All Member States, accredited non-governmental organizations and national human rights institutions with “A” status are invited to respond to “guiding questions” on the topics of “equality and non-discrimination” as well as “neglect, violence and abuse” in the context of […]


Wednesday 15th March 2017, 11:30-13:00

Older Refugees’ Human Rights

Parallel Event, 34th Session of the Human Rights Council

With 65.3 million people forcibly displaced in 2015, it can be estimated that some 8 million are older persons aged over 60. In situations of forced displacement, older persons often face greater challenges to accessing protection and assistance; can be over-looked when humanitarian programmes are designed and implemented; and are at heightened risk of exploitation, violence and abuse. Further, older persons have important roles in their families and communities; and addressing their needs and supporting their active participation therefore benefits wider communities. Humanitarian actors must identify and reach out to older persons to ensure their human rights are protected and promoted, when programming for assistance, protection and solutions.

This Parallel Event is an opportunity for key stakeholders to engage in a dialogue about the situation of older persons in situations of forced displacement. The goal is for participants to take away ideas on actions to be jointly undertaken towards promoting and protecting the human rights of older refugees. Key experts will provide context and lessons learned from the field.

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