World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 18 June 2018

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Violence against older persons, a human rights violation Side Event, Human Rights Council 38th session Monday 18 June 2018 – 12:00-13:30 – Conference Room XXIII- Palais Violence against older persons remains largely hidden. However, it is gaining recognition as an important barrier to the enjoyment of human rights by older […]

Ninth session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWGA)

Preparations are under way for the ninth session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWGA) to be held 23-26 July 2018 at the United Nations in New York. The Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People (GAROP  is organizing a webinar that will provide important information on the OEWGA topics and discussions. The webinar […]

Older women and new technologies at Thomson Reuters Foundation conference, 15-16 November 2017

Trust Conference The Committee presented an action on older women and new technologies at the conference organised by the Thomson Reuters Foundation on 15-16 November 2017 The Committee, following our participation, was mentioned by Thomson Reuters in an article:

UNECE: 2018 events planned

UNECE We are involved in establishing a civil society structure that mirrors the participation of stakeholders in the Regional implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Mark your calendars: the next Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region will take place in Geneva on 1-2 March 2018 preceded by a Civil Society Forum on 28 […]

UNHCR: Global Compact on Refugees

UNHCR Learn more about the Global Compact on Refugees and the thematic discussions. Priska Fleischlin from our Committee read a statement at the meeting held in Geneva on 14 November advocating for the inclusion of older persons in the Global Compact:

WHO Executive Board: 22-23 November 2017

WHO A special session of the WHO Executive Board took place on 22-23 November to discuss the new strategic priorities and the draft General Programme of Work (GPW). It was impressive to hear by the WHO administration that 90 % of the comments received during the public consultation by Non-State Actors, referred to the lack […]

Agenda 2030: Stakeholder Group on Ageing, Dec 2017

AGENDA 2030 The NGO Committee on Ageing participated on behalf of the Stakeholder Group on Ageing ( at a stakeholders discussion with the Member States. The Committee presented a voluntary report to the 2018 High-level Political Forum about the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals:

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:

WHO International Day of the Older Person event, 2nd October 2017

WHO hosted the International Day of the Older Person event on 2 October at 12.30pm at WHO. This would be a high-level even with ministers and ambassadors speaking about Universal health coverage in an era of population ageing. The save the date flyer was distributed by email. Kelly was asked to be a speaker representing […]

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: Read more about the The UNECE Lisbon Ministerial […]

Outcomes of the OEWG 8th session and the GAROP workshop 2017

A report of the outcomes of the OEWG 8th session and the GAROP workshop, with links to all presentations in both meetings, can be seen at the GAROP website: eighth-session/ All info on OEWG:

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 2017

The NGO Committee organised a side event to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day during the 35th HRC on 15 June. A webcast of the event can be found here: violence-against-older-persons-a-human-rights- issue/

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 […]

The 34th session of Human Rights Council

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL   The 34th session of Human Rights Council takes place 27 February-24 March 2017. All relevant documentation can be found here.   Several reports to this session include explicit reference to Older Persons, in particular: A/HRC/34/58 Report of the Special Rapporteur (SR) on the rights of persons with disabilities A/HRC/34/58/Add.1 Report of […]


OPEN-ENDED WORKING GROUP ON AGEING FOR THE PURPOSE OF STRENGTHENING THE PROTECTION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF OLDER PERSONS See the report of the 7th session of The Open-ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG) in New York: . All the information about the OEWG and its sessions can be found here.

CoA wrote an article for UN Special

Silvia Levin Perel, the chair of our Committee on Ageing has written an article about ageism. “Human rights should apply to everyone everywhere throughout the course of life. But in reality, upper-age limits in all fields of life prevent older persons from exercising their rights, whether it is employment, access to health and care services, […]

Habitat lll

Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development to take place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 – 20 October 2016