Details of the Eleventh OEWG Session

The postponed eleventh session is now scheduled to take place on 29th March-1st April 2021 and for NGOs will be entirely virtual. Official updates about the session will be shared on the OEWG website.

NEW! Click here for an overview of the official UN session and all side events.

Focus areas of rights

These substantive debates at the eleventh session will include further discussion around how the two focus areas discussed in the tenth session of the OEWG should be articulated in a new convention (‘normative inputs’):

  • Social protection and social security, including social protection floors
  • Education, training, lifelong learning and capacity-building

The eleventh session will also include substantive debate around two new focus areas:

  • Access to justice
  • The right to work and access to the labour market


Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on older people’s human rights over the last year, it has been agreed that there will be a High Level Panel on COVID-19 and older persons at the eleventh session. The Global Alliance has produced a short COVID-19 Guide in English, French and Spanish to support our members to use consistent effective messages around COVID-19 and a UN convention and to compile the most relevant and useful resources to strengthen our advocacy in this area.

NGO inputs

All NGO participation in the 11th OEWG session will be virtual. We urge all to participate in one or more of the following ways:

  1. Oral statements: Accredited/ECOSOC status NGOs can apply for speaking slots during the various panels of the virtual UN session itself. Visit this page for more information about how to do this. Please note the deadline of Friday 12th March at 12:00 EST.NEW! The list of pre-selected NGO speakers for the OEWG 11th session is now confirmed. Click here to see list of speakers by panel
  2. Written statements: This year, representatives of accredited civil society can submit written statements (preferably 400-500 words in Microsoft Word format) to Written statements must be submitted before the session starts if possible, or during the session up to 2 hours before it wraps up. They must clearly indicate the name of the meeting (11th session of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing) and the name of the organisation. Written statements can be in any of the six official UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish) and can cover any of the following issues related to the work of the 11th session. Civil society organisations can submit multiple written statements on the different issues, please clearly identify the topic on your submission:
    • General discussion
    • COVID19, older persons and human rights
    • Normative discussion on the focus areas of the 10th working session (see above)
    • Substantive discussion on the focus areas of the 11th working session (see above)
    • The way forward

    3. Video messages: GAROP also invites its members (whether accredited/ECOSOC status or not) to record short videos of their key messages or statements that we will compile on our website and promote and share around the session as part of the Age With Rights campaign. Please click here for more guidance on this. Contact our Secretariat for more information on

For resources to support you with crafting your oral, written or video statements, click here.

Side events

Applications for official 11th session side events are now open. All side events will be virtual this year. Please note that each side event organizer is responsible for hosting and choosing their virtual event platform. The list of confirmed side events is now published on the official website.

No pre-registrations in 2021

There will not be any online pre-registrations for NGOs to participate in the 11th session this year. The session can be watched as usual on UN Web TV.

NGO meetings

In partnership with the NGO Committees on Ageing in New York and Geneva. GAROP hosted a virtual preparatory workshop on Thursday 25th March 2021 for NGOs and NHRIs who wish to follow and engage with the eleventh OEWG session discussions and be part of the wider conversation and campaign effort.

Click here for the programme.

NEW! There will be a mid-session meeting for NGOs and NHRIs on Wednesday 31st March at 07:30-08:30 ET. Click here to register.

Accreditation for NGOs

NGOs who are not yet accredited to the OEWG can apply ahead of the OEWG sessions. The original deadline for accreditation applications ahead of the 11th session closed on 10th February 2020. The official OEWG website has more information about how to become accredited here. There may be a further call for applications for accreditations in early 2021 and further details will be shared here and on the official OEWG website about this in due course. You can read more about the benefits of accrediting to the OEWG here.