The Global Alliance

Established in 2011, the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People

was born out of the need to strengthen the rights and voice of older people globally.


Our Voices, Our Rights

‘Nobody likes to live a life depending on others. People should have freedom to live their life according to their wishes’, voiced a 68-year-old woman from Nepal.


GAROP Election Results

Established in 2011, the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People was born out of the need to strengthen the rights and voice of older people globally.


Why do we need a convention for older people?

Age discrimination and ageism are tolerated across the world, and older people experience discrimination and the violation of their rights at family, community and institutional levels.




Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People

Established in 2011, the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People was born out of the need to strengthen the rights and voice of older people globally. Today, GAROP is a network of over 330 members worldwide, united in our work to strengthen and promote the rights of older persons. GAROP is governed by a global Steering Group elected by our members and its work is supported by a Secretariat Coordinator.


The mission of the Global Alliance is to support and enhance civil society’s engagement at national, regional and international levels on the need for a new international instrument on the rights of older persons

The Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People seeks a world in which older persons live free from discrimination and are able to fully enjoy their rights.

Our core values are partnership with, inclusion of, and the promotion of participation by older people in decisions that affect their lives. We respect the rights of all persons regardless of age, race, color, disability, gender, language, religion, sexual orientation, political views, national or social origin, class and birth or property status.

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    The Asia-Europe meeting (ASEM) is an informal process of dialogue and cooperation between the EU and 30 European countries and the ASEAN Secretariat and 21 Asian countries.

    The ASEM dialogue addresses political, economic and cultural issues, with the objective of strengthening the relationship between the two regions, in a spirit of mutual respect and equal partnership.

    The 4th ASEM Conference of Global Ageing and Human Rights of Older Persons will take place on 1st-2nd October 2019 at the Westin Chosun Hotel, Seoul.

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    This event to mark the International Day of Older Persons 2019 will be held in the Executive Board Room, WHO headquarters, on Tuesday 1st October from 12:00-14:00. Refreshments will be served at 12:00. The event is organised by the WHO and the NGO Committee on Ageing Geneva and it will launch the WHO package of tools on Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE).

    Download a copy of the flyer here. French interpretation will be available.

    Please register at: https://reg.unog.ch/e/IDOP

    The event will be webcast. Watch it on: https://www.who.int/ageing/events/international-day-older-persons/2019/en/

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    10:00 -13:00

    29th Anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons at the United Nations – ‘The Journey to Age Equality’

    The United Nations International Day of Older Persons aims to enshrine and promote the rights of older persons, and to engage and mobilize advocates to protect those rights. The panel will look at sub themes including inequalities in the care sector, lifelong learning work/life balance, and social protection.  The meeting will take place in the United Nations ECOSOC Chamber from 10am to 1pm on 10th October 2019.

    Click here to view the flyer with further details of the speakers and panelists.

    Click here to register.

    The event will also be webcast at webtv.un.org

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    This is a capacity-building workshop for around 50 GAROP member organisations based in the African region. The aim of the workshop is to nurture collaborative links between members, give training on human rights and the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing process, and plan effective joint advocacy. The workshop is organised by GAROP with the support of the Swedish Postcode Foundation and our local hosts, Uganda Reach the Aged Association (URAA).

    Contact: info@rightsofolderpeople.org  

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    Older women want to live in a society which recognises their contribution and values them as an individual, regardless of their age. Older women are the new face of poverty and the fastest growing cohort amongst the homeless in Australia. Older women are also often excluded from the statistics of violence against women, and therefore remain hidden. Many older women are facing a future of economic uncertainty. This conference aims to be part of the solution to secure the future of Older Women in Australia.

    This conference is organised by the National Older Women’s Network, Australia.

    To view the flyer, click here

    For registrations click here

    To see the full programme click here

    Contact: (02) 9519 8044 or info@ownnsw.org.au


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