Growing Ageing Population - 60+ Years


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1. The NGO COA will be holding its annual meeting on Thursday, June 8, 2023 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.  The Business meeting will conduct the elections for the Executive Committee, followed by a thought provoking presentation on geriatric care innovation and advocacy.  Flyer is here for link to join the meeting.


The thirteenth session of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWGA), held 3-6 April 2023, concluded its deliberations by adopting a decision that requested the Chair of the OEWGA to appoint two Co-Facilitators, one from a developed country and one from a developing country to facilitate the consideration of the existing international framework of the human rights of older persons and the identification of possible gaps and how best to address them.  Informal intergovernmental meetings will be held between OEWGA 13 and OEWGA 13 in 2024,  that would include national human rights institutions, non-governmental organizations and the Independent Expert of the Human Rights Council on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons within her mandate, during the process.

The letter from the Chair of the OEWGA addressed to NGOs, can be found here, with a copy of the decision that was adopted, here.  The Ambassadors of Brazil and Portugal have been appointed as Co-Facilitators.

The NGO Committee on Ageing will be closely following the arrangements for the informal intergovernmental meetings and information will be shared as soon as it becomes available.  

A brief history of the work of the OEWGA can be found here.

The website for OEWGA 13 is:

3. The 2023 High Level Political Forum ( will take place, in person, 10-19 July 2023 in New York, with the theme "Accelerating the recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels." The HLPF in 2023 will also review in-depth:

a. SDG6 – clean water and sanitation
b. SDG7 – affordable and clean energy
c. SDG9 – industry, innovation and infrastructure
d. SDG11 – sustainable cities and communities
e. SDG17 – partnerships for the Goals

The Stakeholder Group on Ageing, of which the NGO Committee on Ageing is a member, will be submitting its position paper on SDG11.  The Executive Summary can be found here.  More information can also be found on the Stakeholder Group on Ageing’s website:

4. A full listing of current and past newsletters may be found here.

5.  Learn how to use your Twitter Account here !!

6. DON”T FORGETWhen given the opportunity to speak or to put comments in the chat or Q&A functions of Zoom meetings, please call attention to the concerns of older persons and the need to include them!  We should not leave a meeting without mentioning older persons! And the need to include them in all discussions!

7. 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. 
Full list of recent events of interest to our members may be found here.


EC Election

Thursday June 8, 2023

The NGO Committee on Ageing/NY        

Slate of Nominees for the 2023-2025 Executive Committee elections are available for download.

2023-2025 EC Election Slate (PDF,  .15.7 MB)

 The election will be followed by presentation on geriatric care innovation and advocacy.  Flyer here for link to join the meeting.

15 May 2023

Monday, May 15, 2023

The theme of the 2023 International Day of Families is Families and Demographic Change

The event to observe the Day will take place on 15 May in Conference Room 11 from 1:15 to 2:30pm.

4 May 2023

Thursday, May 4, 2023

Video of the event is available for viewing here.

The Slide presentation is available here.

NGO COA program meeting:  OEWGA Update – what happened at the UN during OEWGA 13?  What is our path forward? 

Thursday, May 4, 2023
1:00 - 2:30 P.M. EDT


Virtual Program, join the event here:

Flyer here.

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Documents submitted to the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing at its 13th session, 3-6 April 2023:

Report of the OHCHR – Summary of the multi-stakeholder meeting on the human rights of older persons (

Report of the Secretary-General on Fourth review and appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2022, (

Reports of the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons on:

Report of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing, 12th session:  (

Joint letter from the three NGO Committees (New York, Geneva, Vienna) to UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and to UN Women, expressing concerns about lack of references to older women, here: Letter on gender snapshot

Reports on ageing issues prepared by various entities of the UN system can be found in the list of entities under “Resources/Key International Documents on Ageing”.

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Videos, reports and articles related to COVID-19 can be accessed here.

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


Learn more about the Committee’s mission here.  

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