NEW! UN Call for Written Submissions for 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
This focus on a more substantive debate on specific areas of older people’s rights since the eighth session is a significant development in the OEWG process. It offers an important opportunity to build a stronger understanding and consensus among UN Member States about these specific areas of older people’s rights and how they might be addressed in a new international legal instrument.
NEW! In preparation for this ninth session, the UN Secretariat has called on ECOSOC and previously OEWG-accredited non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to provide substantive inputs on the four areas of human rights above. The deadline for submissions is 9th April 2018. More details including guiding questions on the two new areas of rights can be found on the official website. National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) with ‘A’ status and Member States are also called to make submissions. These submissions will be available on the official website following the deadline.
How can GAROP members engage in the OEWG process?
NEW! 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.