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,  every year a session has 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).

Ms Kornfeld Matte presented her latest report on the 36th Human Rights Council in September 2017 about Human Rights and Robotics entitled Robots and rights: the impact of automation on the human rights of older persons

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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Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework

The Committee on Ageing is taking part of the building of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework leaded by UNHCR in order to embed older refugees rights. Further information can be found here: More details on Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework: www.unhcr.org/crrf

Item 6 UNECE Ministerial Conference on Ageing and NGO Forum, Lisbon 2017

Item 6 UNECE Ministerial Conference on Ageing (20th – 21st September) and NGO Forum (19th September) in Lisbon. These events unfortunately clashed with the HRC Session. Several members from Geneva attended. All information on the Conference and the NGO Forum and Research forum can be found: http://www.unece.org/pau/ageing/ministerial_conference_2017.html# Read more about the The UNECE Lisbon Ministerial […]


The 10th meeting of the UNECE working group on ageing

23th to 24th November, Geneva

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