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.

Our Goals

-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.

Our Activities

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 (OEWG)

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, six sessions have been held. The sixth Working session has been held from 14-16 July 2015 in New York, USA.

rosa_kornfeldIn 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.


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age_international_reportThe 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.

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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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October 2015 – ILC Report to contemporize the landmark document ‘Active Ageing’ published by WHO

The International Longevity Centre Brazil (ILC-Brazil) is an independent think-tank based in Rio de Janeiro that was inaugurated in 2012. Its mission is to promulgate ideas and policy guidance to address population ageing that are [...]

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Secretary-General’s Message for 1 October 2015

On the 25th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons, we recognize that older persons are an enormous asset to society and make a significant contribution to global development.

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DESA News – Global ageing and the data revolution

Population ageing has profound implications for many facets of human life. An ageing population will affect everything from economies, labor markets to health and social care. This prospect requires a better understanding of the implications [...]

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