It is vital that Member States actively engage in the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG) process and its working sessions in New York if the OEWG is to be able to fulfil its mandate and keep moving towards a UN convention. GAROP is working to build political support for a UN convention and our members lead this crucial work through their national advocacy in their countries. Around February each year, the UN invites Member States and other stakeholders to register online for the session in April. At this time of year, GAROP members can make an important contribution by raising awareness of the OEWG process with their governments and urging them to attend and register via their Missions in New York. This is also the time for those NGOs planning to attend the session in New York to pre-register their delegates online.
Please note that due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation, the full 11th session of the OEWG has been reduced to a half day procedural meeting for New York-based delegations only and a strictly controlled and limited number of other participants. All NGO registrations have now been cancelled. More information can be found on the official OEWG website.
Links and resources:
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- Consult the FAIR guidelines section 1.4 ‘Set your goals’. The FAIR guidelines are also available here in Arabic, Spanish and Russian.
- Instructions for NGOs on how to pre-register online are available on the official OEWG eleventh session website.
- Past GAROP webinars contain practical insights about attending the session: