Steering Group 2017-05-02T13:25:32+02:00

Steering Group

Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People Steering Group, Terms of Reference


Established in 2011, the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People (GAROP) was born out of the need to strengthen the rights and voice of older people globally. Through its members, the Global Alliance aims to bring about the adoption, ratification and implementation of a binding UN convention on the rights of older persons. The membership of GAROP is open to civil society, including NGOs and national human rights institutes.

Mission: The mission of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People is to support and enhance civil society’s and national human rights institutes’ engagement at national, regional and international levels on the need for a new binding international human rights instrument on the rights of older persons.

Vision: The Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People seeks a world in which older persons live free from discrimination and are able to fully enjoy their rights.

Values: Our core values are partnership with, inclusion of, and the promotion of the participation by older people in the decisions that affect their lives. We respect the rights of all persons regardless of age, race, color, disability, gender, language, religion, sexual orientation, political views, national or social origin, class and birth or property status.


The Global Alliance of the Rights of Older People is supported by a Secretariat that is hosted by HelpAge International. The Secretariat is accountable to the Steering Group of GAROP.

Steering Group – roles & responsibilities

The role of the Steering Group of GAROP is to provide oversight and guidance to the Secretariat and help GAROP members to work more effectively together.

The Steering Group’s mandate includes, but is not limited to:

1)         Helping GAROP to achieve a broad-based multi-stakeholder platform

2)         Providing strategic and tactical advice on how best to strengthen civil society and national human rights institutes’ voice and engagement with member states and respond to policy making opportunities

3)         Ensuring GAROP provides members with the information and communications support necessary to facilitate their work at national, regional and international levels

Specific responsibilities of the Steering Group include, but are not limited to:

1)         Directing the work and receiving reports from the Secretariat

2)         Taking part in Steering Group meetings (mostly teleconferences, but includes face-to-face meetings where possible – frequency to be agreed jointly by Steering Group members and the Secretariat)

3)         Seek resources for maintaining and expanding the work of the Global Alliance

Steering Group – membership

The Steering Group aims to achieve a broad geographic representation in its membership and should have between 6-10 members. Half of Steering Group members should have ECOSOC Consultative Status at the UN.

Members of the Steering Group should meet the following criteria:

1)         Be a member of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People

2)         Represent a constituency of older people / work with a focus on ageing / work to strengthen the rights of older people

3)         Be able to take part in the regular activities of the Steering Group

4)         Contribute actively to the work of GAROP.

The Steering Group will be selected by a vote of GAROP members. Steering Group members serve for two-year terms and will be required to step down if they have served for two consecutive terms.


From time to time, the Steering Group may invite other individuals or organisations to contribute to its work as Observers for a specific purpose and period of time. Observers will contribute to the work of the Steering Group in an advisory capacity.

Steering Group Chair / Co-Chairs – roles & responsibilities

The Steering Group will appoint a Chair or Co-Chairs by majority decision from among the members of the Steering Group every two years. The position of Chair / Co-Chair can be held for two consecutive terms. The Steering Group will decide whether a single Chair or Co-Chairs are appropriate.

The responsibilities of the Chair / Co-Chairs are to:

1)         Oversee and coordinate the work of the Steering Group

2)         Ensure that the Steering Group and the Secretariat are meeting their responsibilities to the wider GAROP membership, including regular communication

3)         Line-manage the Secretariat regarding its work with the Steering Group and the wider membership of GAROP.

Interim Steering Group and Co-Chairs

An Interim Steering Group will be put in place in 2017 to ensure GAROP is able to respond swiftly to the OEWG work programme. Membership, including issues of composition and rotation of members, will be reviewed at the end of 2017.

Interim Co-Chairs for 2017 will be Kate Wedgwood, HelpAge International and Ken Bluestone, Age International.