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 scheduled for 6-9 April 2020 was postponed. The postponed 11th session is now expected to take place on 29th March-1st April 2021. More information can be found on the official OEWG website.
For NGOs, this postponed session will be entirely virtual and can be viewed on webcast. No NGO pre-registration will be required this year.
Links and resources:
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- This year’s official ‘Note Verbale’ inviting governments to register English French Spanish
- 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: