Age with Rights! – Video Campaign

The Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People (GAROP) is calling on members to create short, 2-minute video statements on older people’s human rights and the drafting of a convention before the start of the 11th session of the Open Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG) on March 29th.

This video campaign is important because more of our members’ voices needs to be heard –  especially the voices of older people, who are the key rights holders of the discussions.

We will do our best to help compile and disseminate a range of video statements from across our diverse global network. We hope to share them as widely as possible before and during the 11th OEWG session, in support of our advocacy.

This is an activity that can be undertaken by all GAROP members, whether you are an accredited / ECOSOC NGO or not. This activity is separate and additional to inputs to the UN session itself. The videos will be collected and archived by GAROP. A completed Media Subject form will be needed along with any video submissions.

What should your video contain?

Prepare some simple key messages, a short statement, or tell a story relating to one or more of the topics of the 11th session. Record (no more than 2 minutes) a video of the statement read aloud.

DO:   DON’T:
  • Start the video with name, organization (if applicable), and country of the speaker
  • Refer to resources below for key messages ideas
  • Incorporate the campaign slogan – “Age with Rights!” – into your key messages where it fits.
  • Think about having an older person deliver the statement, it will be more powerful this way (see page 4 of our COVID-19 Guide, linked below).
  • Focus on the topics of the upcoming UN Session to maximise the power of your statement.
  • Close with a call to “Start drafting a UN Convention for Rights of Older Persons” and/or another call to action.
  • Record for more than 2 minutes – we want to make sure every organisation has an equal platform and chance to have their voice heard.
  • Use time in your video talking about your organisation – keeping your focus squarely on the UN session and human rights will increase impact.

Some resources to help you prepare your messages and statements:

Creating Your Video

Please make sure that you stay safe and comply with your area’s COVID-19 guidelines while recording your video.

Any person appearing in your video should be supplied with a copy of the GAROP Privacy Notice (download here) and must complete a Media Subject Consent Form (download in English Here, Spanish Here, French Here).

Most importantly, be creative with your video! Explore ways to incorporate the slogan ‘Age with Rights!’ and other campaign assets, such as the red-orange colour, orange clothing or a virtual background to make noise (click here to read more). We want to showcase the vibrant, diverse membership base of GAROP – Perhaps record your video somewhere that showcases what makes your organisation/nation special?

Following are tips on how to create a video using either a phone or zoom.


Using a Phone

Landscape videos are the best quality to share on video platforms. To capture the video:

  1. Open the camera on your phone.
  2. Select the video function and record in landscape
  3. Shoot the video from a medium close-up (see photo below, capturing from just below the subject’s shoulders) to ensure the video is clear and the audio is good quality.

  1. If you have a microphone, please use it to make sure the audio is clear.
  2. If you don’t have a microphone, make sure you’re recording somewhere with no (or very low) background noise. Try not to record near busy roads, crowds, or places with lots of wind.

Using Zoom

You can also utilise Zoom to record your statement. Try to emulate the staging detailed in the phone instructions above (landscape, medium-close up, quiet location, use a microphone if you can). To record using Zoom:

  1. Open the Zoom app
  2. In Zoom settings, update your display name to include your country. You can also click here for instructions on creating an Age with Rights Virtual Background.
  3. Click “New Meeting”, ensure your video and audio are turned on by looking at the camera and microphone icons in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
  4. Click the “Record” button on the bottom task bar to record your video.

Sending Your Video

When sending your video, you should include:

  • Your video file (preferably .mp4, .mov, or .wmv file)
  • Signed Media Consent forms for anyone appearing in the video (we can not use or share your video with this form)
  • If your video is in a language other than English, an English subtitle file or English transcript

If you are able, email your video through to

Sometimes videos may be too large to send through regular email, if this is the case please consider using a “cloud” option such as WeTransfer. To do this:

1. Navigate to

2. Accept Cookies and agree to Terms and Conditions.

3. On the site (pictured below), press the plus button and add your files, type into the “Email To” field, type your email into the “Email From” field. Click “Transfer”.

4. Check your email and input the verification code.

5. Once done, the files will automatically transfer to us.

6. If you’d prefer, you could also upload the files to other cloud sites (i.e. Google Drive, Dropbox) and send us an accessible link.

Languages and subtitles

GAROP is an internationally diverse network, full of different communities speaking different languages! We encourage you to record your video in the language of your choice.

If you record your video in another language, please try to add English subtitles yourself to ensure your message can reach the widest audience. This document explains how you can do this using YouTube (revised document, originally created by the UN OHCHR).

If you record your video in a language other than English and you are not able to add your own subtitles, please send it to us with an English translation in a Word document, we will try to help with this where we can.