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Call for a UN Convention on the Rights of Older People – Open Letter

The call for a UN Convention on the Rights of older people is being heard loud and clear. Organisations around the world are being asked to sign on to a joint letter requesting the UN to support the Open Ended Working Group in continuing its work.

Open Letter from Civil Society Organisations to the Co-Chairs of the OEWG on Ageing

The UN General Assembly’s Third Committee is drafting a resolution that could have significant impact on the way the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG) takes its work forward. As the OEWG has been the main forum for UN Member States to discuss promoting the better protection of the rights of older persons, it is essential that this group continues to meet annually and stays focussed on its core mandate.

In order to demonstrate wide-spread civil society support for the work of the OEWG, we have drafted this open letter to the Co-Chairs of the OEWG. We hope to get as many organisational signatories as possible in order to influence Member States and will send the letter on 2 November 2015.

Read the Open Letter Here 

If your organisation can sign this letter, please respond BEFORE 2 November 2015 to Ken Bluestone of Age International ( with the following information:

  • Organisation name
  • Name of individual signing on behalf of the organisation
  • Country where the organisation is based
  • Website address (where possible)

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