Who we are

Who_we-_are_smallEstablished in 2011, the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People was born out of the need to strengthen the rights and voice of older people globally.

Today, GAROP is a network of over 200 members worldwide, united in our work to strengthen and promote the rights of older persons. Our mission is to support and enhance civil society engagement with Member States and National Human Rights Institutions at national, regional and international levels around a convention on the rights of older persons.

An interim Steering Group of organisations has provided the strategic direction for GAROP’s work since December 2016. The current Terms of Reference for the GAROP Steering Group came into effect in August 2018. Five of the places on the Steering Group were up for election in September 2018. The five elected members and the four continuing members are listed below. The four continuing members will vacate their places in September 2019 when these remaining four places will be up for election. The Steering Group is supported by a Secretariat Coordinator.

GAROP Steering Group

  • Emem Omokaro, Dave Omokaro Foundation (standing down in 2019)
  • Kate Wedgwood, HelpAge International (standing down in 2019)
  • Ken Bluestone, Age International (elected in 2018 for two year term)
  • Krishna Gautam, Ageing Nepal (elected in 2018 for two year term)
  • Marcus Riley, The Global Ageing Network (elected in 2018 for two year term)
  • Nena Georgantzi, AGE Platform Europe (elected in 2018 for two year term)
  • Silvia Perel-Levin, International Longevity Centre Global Alliance and NGO Committee on Ageing Geneva (standing down in 2019)
  • Sooyoun Han, Care Rights (elected in 2018 for two year term)
  • Susan Somers, International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse & NGO Committee on Ageing New York (standing down in 2019)

The Global Alliance will reach out to older people in all regions of the world to ensure their voices are heard by UN member states nationally, regionally, through UN institutions, UN Commissions and the UN General Assembly.

The Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People supports the creation of international and regional human rights instruments as powerful tools for strengthening the rights of older people.

The Global Alliance is committed to building national-level capacity to work towards more effective human rights instruments for older people.

The Global Alliance was founded through the collaborative efforts of the following nine organisations – International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse; International Longevity Centre – Global Alliance; International Federation on Ageing; International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing; International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics; HelpAge International; AGE Platform Europe; Age UK; AARP.