Growing Ageing Population - 60+ Years


Notifications of events organized throughout the year by the NGO Committee on Ageing will be sent out by email. Watch this space for updates on upcoming events. 


SGA Side Event, 7 July 2020

SDG delivery for older persons and persons with disabilities post COVID-19

REGISTER NOW !  The Stakeholder Group on Ageing, in collaboration with the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities, is convening, during the High -Level Political Forum, a side event on SDG delivery for older persons and persons with disabilities post COVID-19 to take place on 7 July 2020, from 12-1:30 p.m. EDT/ 6-7:30 p.m. CET.   Registration is required.  Flyer here.

For all information on the HLPF which is meeting from 7-16 July 2020 to review implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, the website link is:


2020 High Level Political Forum, 7-16 July 2020

• Because of the pandemic, the HLPF will be held virtually this year.  All information, including key documents, programme, list of side events etc. can be found here:

• The programme-at-a-glance can be found here.  The more detailed programme is on the abovementioned website.

• The Stakeholder Group on Ageing (SGA) Position Paper submitted to the HLPF can be found here

• Only designated speakers will be permitted into the Webex official meetings.   Everyone else will have to watch on UN Web TV (no registration needed):

• The session at which SGA will have a designated speaker (Jane Miano, speaking on behalf of SGA and Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities) is on Tuesday, 7 July, from 2-3 p.m, in the segment "protecting and advancing human wellbeing and ending poverty".  The statement to be delivered can be found here.  Jane Barratt, Secretary-General of International Federation on Ageing, contributed to the background document for this segment, here.

• The SGA has also organized a side event which will take place also on Tuesday 7 July, from 12-1:30 p.m. EDT/6-7.30 p.m. CET.    REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. See first item on this Home Page

• For all other side events held during the HLPF, please go to this link: where listing and registration links are available for each day.  If any NGO COA member is attending side events, it would be helpful if you could take note of governments or NGOs that refer to "older persons" and let us know so that we can use this information for follow-up with them when we do our advocacy work.

• Also on Tuesday, 7 July, from 4-5 p.m. EDT, the official segment for the Major Groups and Other Stakeholder (of which the Stakeholder Group on Ageing is a member) will be speaking on "Transformative pathways to realize the 2030 Agenda: a whole of society approach taking into account the impact of COVID-19".

• Gray Panthers interns are involved in reviewing the Voluntary National Reports and preparing questions.

• The Ministerial Declaration to be adopted by the HLPF is still being negotiated - efforts have been made to ensure that at least one reference to older persons is included.

• A short summary of the challenges has been issued by the Global Policy Watch on "2020 HLPF, one decade to go:  tinkering or transformation?",  available here.

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A number of selected documents addressing COVID-19 and older persons from a global perspective can be accessed here:

  1. United Nations/DESA Issue Brief:  Older persons and COVID-19.
  2. GAROP letter to the High Commission For Human Rights, dated 6 April 2020.
  3. GAROP letter to the Chair of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing, dated 16 April 2020.
  4. GAROP letter to the Director-General of the World Health Organization, dated 20 April 2020.
  5. GAROP statement on"The human rights of older persons must be fully protected in the COVID-19 response", 7 April 2020.
  6. Joint Statement by the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General on Disability and Accessibility, and the United Nations Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of all Human Rights by Older Persons.
  7. HelpAge International - COVID-19: Everyone matters.
  8. HelpAge International - Guidelines for care homes for older people in the context of COVID-19.
  9. HelpAge International - COVID-19:  Guidance and advice fro older people.
  10. HelpAge International - Older people and COVID-19 in informal settlements.
  11. HelpAge International - COVID-19 and older persons, Africa Global HelpAge International Network Statement.
  12. Age International and HelpAge International -  Older people and COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries and humanitarian settings.
  13. Age Platform Europe - COVID-19 and human rights concerns for older persons.
  14. Statement by Group of Friends of Older Persons New York, 20 April 2020.
  15. United Nations Policy Brief:  COVID-19 and Human Rights.
  16. United Nations Policy Brief on Older Persons and COVID-19.
  17. United Nations Right to Life of PWD & Older Persons infected by Covid-19.


“As long as I’m still creative ... as long as I still enjoy life, nobody has the right to write me off.”

Varda Yoran, the author. (Photo credit: Ana De Orbegoso)

Varda Yoran, the author. (Photo credit: Ana De Orbegoso)

By Varda Yoran  - April 29, 2020 (from HuffPost)

I’ve been a senior citizen for a quarter of a century and I still sculpt, read and write essays. I speak five languages, and I use email and WhatsApp to communicate with family and friends in Finland, China, Norway, England, Israel, Russia, Thailand and throughout the U.S. I run a foundation I created that assists immobile seniors. I attend classes, and I’m organizing a philosophy club via Zoom that discusses ethics, forgiveness, anger, creativity and various other topics.

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Useful websites (which also provide links to other useful information):

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A/74/186, Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, on older persons with disabilities. 


Facts about older women prepared for UNECE Beijing plus 25 review, Geneva October 2019, Section 1: overview: achievements and challenges since 1995. 


E/CN.5/2020/3, Report of the Secretary-General on affordable housing and social protection systems for all to address homelessness.  


Report of Expert Group Meeting on “Affordable Housing and Social Protection Systems for All to Address Homelessness”.  


World Population Ageing 2019, Ten Key Messages.  Here.  Please note that the World Population Ageing 2019 report refers to older persons as 65 and above. 


A/74/170:  Report of the Secretary-General on Follow-up to the International Year of Older Persons:  Second World Assembly on Ageing. 


A/AC.278/2019/2:  Report of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing on its tenth working session.  


For documents related to the 11th session of the Open Ended Working Group on Ageing:

A/HRC/41/32:  Report of the OHCHR on activities of the OHCHR, United Nations system and regional organizations to support States’ efforts to promote and protect the human rights of older persons.  


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