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 Rights of Older Persons in the Global Compact on Refugees

Submitted by the NGO Committee on Ageing, Geneva

Key Recommendations

  • Data to be disaggregated by age, sex and disability.
  • The rights of older persons must be recognized as a cross- cutting issue, ensuring they are not discriminated against based on age.
  • Recognize the heterogeneity of older persons, including their specific needs and their active roles in their families and communities.
  • Any structures for refugee participation in decision-making must include and involve representation by older persons.
  • Older refugees should be identified at reception and admission with age related specific physical health, mental health, medication and nutrition needs.
  • Ensure independence and autonomy, including recognizing that older people contribute to the intrinsic wellbeing of their families and the community.
  • Age, sex and disability specific services, support, education and training should be offered to contribute to prevention of and response to abuse to the older refugee.
  • When older refugees are in their country of asylum, country of origin and/ or third country, they should be included in host government service systems, aligned with a human rights based approach.
  • Older refugees need to be recognized as a potentially vulnerable group, however they can also be a valuable resource. Older refugees should be recognized as the global society’s socio-economic memory bank due to their wide experience and accumulated knowledge helping accelerated learning and innovation at national and global levels benefiting ALL stakeholders through programs designed and delivered for the mentioned purpose.

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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 independent Expert on the Human Rights of Older Persons presents her reports to the HRC on the first day of the session, on 10 September 2018. Please go to this the link: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/RegularSessions/Session39/Pages/ListReports.aspx  and look for reports reports A/HRC/39/50, and add1 and add.2
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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Our rights under threat as we grow old: A timely expert discussion on the intersection of disability and age

Virtual Side event during the 13th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPDTuesday, 1 December, 1:15-2:30 pm – NY Time, 7:15-8:30 pm – GVA Time  Register here The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed in tragic ways the combined effects of ageism and ableism on the rights of older persons with disabilities. Older persons with or without disabilities, and persons with disabilities regardless of their […]

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