The third session of the UN Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on Ageing met in New York, August 21-25, 2012. The session recommended the continuation of the group’s mandate.

The OEWG session focused on the discussion of the existing international framework on the human rights of older persons, and identification of existing gaps at international level. All 193 Member States were invited, and approximately one third attended the session. The participants also included many representatives of civil society from every region and experts in a variety of disciplines.  In total, approximately 200 NGOs registered for the event.

The four-day OEWG session consisted of statements from Member States, civil society, and panel discussion of experts. Global Alliance for the Rights of Older Persons, of which the ILC Global Alliance is a member, was one of the civil society organizations to give a testimony. Expert panels discussed  various topics including “age discrimination,” “Autonomy, Independent Living and Healthcare,” Life in Dignity, Social Security and Access to Resources,” “Violence and Abuse against Older People,’ and Access to Justice for Older People.” The session provided a valuable opportunity to examine how existing human rights mechanisms protect (or fail to protect) older people’s rights.

On the last day of the session, Member States delivered closing statements. All expressed the desire for the continuation of the OEWG, though their recommendations for the future goals of the session differed. At the time of writing, it appears likely that there will be a fourth OEWG in 2013. This matter will be negotiated during the fall of 2012  in the General Assembly Third Committee.

Lia Daichman, representative of the ILC Global Alliance, commented on the absence of  consensus among Member States about the need for a new convention on the rights of older persons, “I sense a positive shift regarding awareness towards a Convention for older people among delegations from some countries, especially those of Africa and Asia.”

Recognizing the critical importance of continued pressure from civil society, Bridget Sleap of HelpAge commented: “Much more needs to be done between now and the next OEWG to build on the growing support, especially from African and Asian Member States.

Masako Osako


The President of ILC-BR, Alexandre Kalache, is currently in Australia advancing the ageing agenda of the South Australian Government.

On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, the Columbia Aging Center celebrates the participants in its digital narrative project “Exceeding Expectations” ( 

The Columbia Aging Center has been following 20 older New Yorkers for two years with the aim of disrupting stereotypes of aging and portraying everyday life. Many of the 20 New Yorkers met for the first time on Oct. 24.

On October 17, ILC-BR organized a Symposium with three international speakers in São Paulo. The event took place in the auditorium of Iamspe (Institute for Medical Assistance to the Public Servant of the State of São Paulo).

On October 19 and 20, ILC-BR hosted the 5th International Longevity Forum in Rio de Janeiro. This year’s theme was the construction of resilience along the life course; a very timely topic given the ongoing crisis in Brazil.