Details of the Twelfth OEWG Session

The twelfth session of the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG) took place on 11th-14th April 2022. Official updates about the session will be shared on the official OEWG website.

View our summary schedule for the session and side events here.

NGO inputs and participation

In person and virtual meetings are now confirmed for the 12th Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing session (OEWG12)

Register to attend in person (deadline closed)
The OEWG12 will go ahead on 11-14th April with in person attendance at all meetings. This includes States, NGOs and National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and more information is available on the official website.

If you applied for accreditation this year the UN team will contact you directly. Member States will consider and approve new accreditation applications on Day One of the session.

Virtual participation
The meetings on 12th, 13th and morning of the 14th will be 2 hour ‘virtual informal meetings’ like last year and NGOs and other stakeholders will be able to make oral statements of up to 3 minutes in length on the virtual platform. Click here to obtain the connection instructions to access OEWG12 virtually. Please note: In order to be admitted to the OEWG12 virtual platform, you must ensure that your accredited organisation’s name is visible first. You can do this by going to the “Profile” section of your Zoom account when logged in and changing the name of your accredited organization followed by your own name.

Any accredited NGO wanting to make a pre-recorded video statement in the opening ‘General Discussion’ on day one, should consult these instructions and register on this link shared by UNDESA for this purpose. The deadline for this is 5th April. Any videos submitted after this date will not be accepted. The number of pre-recorded videos shown will depend on the time available.

[GAROP will also be happy to upload pre-recorded videos from NGOs to our YouTube channel and website. You do not have to be accredited for GAROP to share your video in this way. Contact ‘‘ for more information].

All participants are requested to submit a written text of their interventions in Microsoft Word format to ‘eStatements’ ( well in advance of the meeting but no later than two hours before delivery, clearly indicating the name of the meeting, speaker, delegation, agenda item and date. This will enable accreditation checks to be conducted and will support interpretation. It is also possible to submit only a written statement, which will be posted on the UN OEWG website. Please indicate clearly when you send your statement whether it is an oral or written statement.

NGO coordination meetings

– We will organise a virtual Preparatory Workshop for NGOs and NHRIs ahead of the 12th OEWG session on Tuesday 5th April from 07:00-09:00 ET.  You can view the draft programme here

– We will also hold a virtual mid-session meeting again on Wednesday 13th April from 07:30-08:30 ET for NGOs and NHRIs. Thank you to INPEA for hosting this meeting on Zoom. Click here to register for this meeting.

– Please note that due to the difficulties finding a venue and current COVID requirement for permits to meet in larger groups in New York, there will be no in-person meeting on Sunday 10th April for those travelling to attend the session in-person

Side events

The draft list of side events has now been published here

Focus areas of rights

The call for written inputs was issued in December 2021. Guiding questions for each focus area are available on the official OEWG website.

Inputs should be in English and of no more than 800 words per focus area. Please send inputs to ‘ageing@un.orgby 22 February 2022 (Deadline closed)

The call is for Substantive inputs on the two new focus areas of the 12th session, namely:

  • Contribution of older persons to sustainable development
  • Economic security in the context of older persons

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

  • Right to work and access to the labor market
  • Access to justice

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

Accreditation for NGOs

The call for applications for accreditation to the UN’s Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG) is now open. More information is available on the official OEWG website here. (Applications now closed). 

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