Preparing for the Ninth OEWG Session
The ninth session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG) will take place between 23rd and 26th July 2018 in the United Nations Headquarters in New York. In this ninth session, UN Member States will hold substantive discussions about specific areas of human rights where the protection of older people’s rights requires greater attention.
This will include further discussion around how the two focus areas discussed in the eighth session of the OEWG should be articulated in a new convention:
- Equality and non-discrimination
- Neglect, violence and abuse
The ninth session will also include substantive debate around two new focus areas:
- Long term and palliative care
- Independence and autonomy
UPCOMING DEADLINES! Registrations and applications
- Information and the online application form for those NGOs seeking Accreditation for the first time is available here (please note the deadline of 18th May 2018). DEADLINE PASSED
- The online pre-registration form for NGOs who already have OEWG Accreditation or ECOSOC status is available on the official website here (deadline 11th July 2018). DEADLINE PASSED
- The online application for side events is also now available here (deadline 2nd July 2018). DEADLINE PASSED
For more information about Accreditation and its benefits, click here.
The Proposed Organisation of Work (programme) for the ninth session is available here.
The written inputs submitted by all stakeholders in response to the UN consultation on the focus areas for OEWG9 and normative content on the OEWG8 focus areas are now available on the official website.
NEW! NGO Preparatory Meeting in New York – Sunday 22nd July
- NGOs who are planning to attend the OEWG session between 23rd and 26th July are invited to attend a preparatory meeting on Sunday 22nd July from 14:00-18:00 at the AARP offices. GAROP is co-organising this meeting with the NGO Committee on Ageing New York and we are grateful to AARP for providing us with this venue. This meeting will provide NGOs with the opportunity to spend time together planning and preparing for the OEWG session and the week ahead.
- You can register using this link: https://preparing-for-the-9th-oewg-session.eventbrite.co.uk
- To see the latest programme for this meeting click here.
GAROP webinar report – ‘Mobilising for the 9th OEWG session’
- The last GAROP webinar featured contributions from UN panellists Rosemary Lane (UNDESA) and Rio Hada (OHCHR). Read a summary of the key points that emerged and listen to the full recording here.
How can GAROP members engage in the OEWG process?
New resources! GAROP has prepared a set of guidelines to support members to engage in the OEWG process at national level. You can find them on our new GAROP Advocacy Tools page. They cover the following broad topics in more detail and provide useful links and further resources.
Be active at the national level between the sessions
- Even if you are not able to attend the session in New York, you can still support a more successful OEWG session through your activities in your country over the next few weeks. Governments’ policy positions are made in the capitals and national level advocacy is crucial.
Inform your governments and encourage them to participate
- Encourage your government contacts to register and participate in the ninth session when the invitation arrives. Develop your own substantive positions on the focus areas of rights and encourage your government to develop written inputs in response to the UN’s consultation (details above).
Become accredited to the OEWG
- If you do not already have OEWG accreditation as a non-governmental organisation (NGO), you can apply for this online for free. You will then be able to submit written responses to the UN consultations and official website and attend the sessions in New York if possible.
Prepare early for your participation in New York
- For those OEWG-accredited members who will be attending the ninth OEWG session in New York, there are a number of things that you can do now to prepare for the session itself. Be mindful that speaking time at the session may be quite limited and therefore any oral interventions by NGOs should be focused on the specific areas of rights that have been identified. It is useful to start planning and researching these interventions in good time.
For more information and resources on any of the above topics, check the GAROP guidelines.