Growing Ageing Population - 60+ Years


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Full list of upcoming and recent events of interest to our members may be found here.


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The NGO Committee on Ageing and UN DESA invite you to the 30th Anniversary of the Annual Celebration of the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, with the theme "Pandemics: Do they change how we address age & ageing?"

Thursday, October 1, 2020
9:00am – 12:00pm EDT (New York)
2:00pm – 5:00pm GMT (London)

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In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the UN International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP) and the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN), this inaugural virtual celebration unites UN officials and leaders in the field of ageing and elsewhere to address the call to action for a Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-2030.


This online interactive UNIDOP event is free of charge and will be broadcast live via the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) Facebook page ( event recording will be made available to all registered participants following the event.


1 October 2020: side events for UNIDOP

Two more events celebrating International Day of Older Persons:

• NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva:  
08:00-09:00 EDT (New York); 14:00 - 15:00 CET (Geneva).
What are the implications for the Decade of Healthy Ageing?

Registration not required.  Livestreaming: -  Password: Meetus@99

Flyer here...

• International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics
1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. New York time
Decade of Healthy Ageing.

Flyer here...
Registration required...

UN Secretary-General and CEO of AARP

WATCH the historic conversation between the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the CEO of AARP, Jo Ann Jenkins on the impact of COVID-19 on older persons.  In responding to questions about implications of COVID-19  for older persons, Guterres also emphasized "The United Nations is based on respect for diversity.  Diversity is richness;  it is not a threat.  But for diversity to be successful in society and to benefit everyone, there needs to be a massive investment in social cohesion."

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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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