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. 


6 February 2020


6 February 2020, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: AARP, 750 Third Avenue, between 46th and 47th Streets, 31st floor

RSVP is necessary to attend at AARP offices.

A round-table was held, hosting a discussion to find out the latest updates on these three events, agree on our goals and main messages, review talking points and brainstorm on how we can involve member organizations and be most effective in getting our message heard.  Download Flyer Here.


  • Ms. Amal Abou Rafeh, Chief, Programme Unit on Ageing, UN/DESA
  • Bette Levy, Soroptimist International

  • Ms. Susan Somers, International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse 

  • Ms. Erica Dhar, AARP

We also set aside some time for networking with COA members to get to know one another better and to see how we can work collaboratively to further our cause.


The NGO Committee on Ageing calls your attention to a Webinar on "National Advocacy Ahead of the 11th session of the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing" organized by the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People and the International Federation on Ageing, on 22 January 2020 at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

The webinar will focus on NGO engagement at the national level to support the deliberations of the Open-ended Working Group, which will be held 6-9 April 2020. See more information here...

10-19 February 2020

Commission for Social Development

Priority theme:  affordable housing and social protection systems for all to address homelessness

3-6 March 2020

Statistical Commission

9-20 March 2020

Commission on the Status of Women

Beijing + 25

30 March - 3 April 2020

Commission on Population and Development            

Population, food security, nutrition and sustainable development

6-9 April 2020

Open-ended Working Group for the Purpose of Strengthening the Protection of the 

Human Rights of Older Persons

Guiding questions: (a)  Right to work and access to the labour market; and (b) access to justice

Guiding questions (normative): (a) Education, training, life-long learning and capacity building; and (b) social protection and social security (including social protection floors).

List of substantive inputs to Guiding Questions here.


Joint meeting with the NGO Committee on Human Rights to celebrate 71st anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  The NGO Committee on Ageing gave presentations on older persons and their human rights.  


Ms Amal Abou Rafeh, Chief, Programme on Ageing Unit, UN/DESA

“Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, SDGs and Human Rights”  here (PDF 2.9MB)

Ms. Denis Hauser, Equality, Non-discrimination and Rule of Law Section, OHCHR

“The International Human Rights Framework to Protect the rights of Older Persons”  here (PDF 2.8MB)

Recent documents of interest to us

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

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

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

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

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. Here

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

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

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.  Here


Learn more about the Committee’s mission here.  

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