Details of the Fourteenth OEWG Session

The fourteenth session of the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG14) will take place on 20th to 24th May 2024. The session will still take place over four full days, but the 23rd May will be an ‘off-day’ due to the UN observance of the Buddhist holiday of Vesak.

Official updates about the session will be shared on the UN’s official OEWG website in due course.

Focus areas of rights

NEW! The call for written inputs is now open. The deadline is 12th April 2024. Guiding questions for each focus area are available on the official OEWG website.

The call is for Substantive inputs on the two new focus areas of the 14th session, namely:

  • Accessibility, infrastructure and habitat (transport, housing and access)
  • Participation in the public life and in decision-making processes

There is also a call for Normative inputs, in the form of normative content for the development of a possible international standard on the protection of the rights of older people, on the following focus areas:

  • Social Inclusion
  • Right to Health and Access to Health Services

The substantive debates at the fourteenth session will include further discussion around these four focus areas.

Accreditation for NGOs

NEW! The call for applications for NGO accreditation to the UN’s Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG) is now open. Deadline is 1 April 2024. The link to the application form is now available on the official website. If your NGO has been accredited before you do not need to re-apply again. 

You can read more about accreditation to the OEWG and its benefits here.

NGO participation in the UN session

NEW! Registration for delegates of accredited NGOs attending the 14th OEWG session is now open. The deadline is 10th May. For more information and to registration please visit the official website.

Information about how to register to make oral statements in the session is available in our these GAROP guidelines and more information and guidance will be shared with NGOs at upcoming virtual and in person preparation meetings ahead of the 14th session.

Side events

NEW! The call for side event applications is now open on the official website. The deadline is 1 April

NGO preparation meetings

GAROP is planning to to work in partnership with some of our New York-based members again to organise OEWG14 preparation meetings for NGOs and National Human Rights Institutions as in previous years.

In partnership with AARP and the NGO Committee on Ageing New York, we are planning an in person preparation meeting on the afternoon of Sunday 19th May. More details and a registration link will be circulated soon.

GAROP will also organise a virtual preparation meeting by Zoom a couple of weeks ahead of the session for all NGOs and NHRIs planning to follow the session even if they are not attending in person.  Watch this space for updates.

NGO morning briefings

We are expecting morning briefings to take place each day around 09:00 before the formal session begins. Details of the meeting room and programme will be shared when available.