Ageing

COVID-19 Response & Recovery Efforts in the Global South

On the occasion of the launch of Southern Voice’s COVID-19 Digital Knowledge Hub, we are convening a conversation focused on COVID-19 responses and recovery, as seen from the Global South. We will also take the opportunity to rally experts from the global community, particularly from New York and Geneva.

Register here: https://unfoundation.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_J8M-KESHRsG3Mc8eIMsIDw?mc_cid=c522e0c192&mc_eid=5a0d18791c

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org.

COVID-19 & Older People: The Urgent Need to Improve the Lives of Older Persons in the Wake of a Public Health Crisis

IFA Virtual Town Hall | COVID-19 and Older People: The Urgent Need to Improve the Lives of Older Persons in the Wake of a Public Health Crisis

Background: Over the past months, the challenges of social isolation, changing regulations, and adapting to a “new normal” have taken a considerable toll on the mental health of individuals around the globe – especially older people and those with underlying health conditions. In this IFA Virtual Town Hall, Mr. Dan Levitt, acclaimed international speaker, elder care leader, writer, gerontologist and Executive Director of Tabor Village in Canada, will discuss the urgent need to improve the lives of older people amidst the ongoing public health crisis.

This town hall takes place at 07:00 am (Eastern Daylight Time) on Friday 23 October 2020 (additional time zones below):

Geneva, Switzerland: 13:00
Lagos, Nigeria: 12:00 noon
New Delhi, India: 16:30
Perth, Australia: 19:00

Please note that this town hall will be recorded and streamed live on Facebook. Should you be unable to participate in this meeting, a recording will be available on the IFA Facebook page here.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-New York, please visit ngocoa-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.org.

Older People’s Experiences in Real Life and Data

HelpAge International (in partnership with DESAAARP, Ghana Statistical Services, UNDP, and WHO )

is co-organizing the session “Older People’s Experiences in Real Life and Data” on 21 October 2020 at 10:00AM (New York) at the United Nations World Data Forum.

This session will:

  • Explore information required to understand the impact of the pandemic on the wellbeing and rights of older people
  • Examine systemic barriers to better data on older women and men
  • Identify actions members of the data community can jointly take to improve availability of data on older people for inclusive response and recovery

We look forward to your joining the event! Please register at: https://attendify.co/62RQIWV

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-NY, please visit ngocoa-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, please email vice-chair Dr. Seperson at susanneseperson@gmail.com. 

{Livestream from Geneva} 30th Anniversary of International Day of Older Persons

Live Stream virtual event: 30th Anniversary of International Day of Older Persons 
Livestream: https://who.zoom.us/j/92371571549 Password: Meetus@99  or  https://tinyurl.com/UNIDOP2020 password: Meetus@99
Co-organized by the NGO Committee on Ageing, Geneva with UNFPA, OHCHR and WHO
to mark the International Day of Older Persons  on Thursday 1 October 14:00-15:00 CET/ Geneva time, 08:00-09:00 EDT/New York
See flyer here.  See Concept Note here.
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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO committees working on issues related to ageing and older persons, that are affiliated with CoNGO, please contact: NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org; NGO Committee on Ageing-New York, please visit ngocoa-ny.org; NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.org.

{Virtual from New York} 30th Anniversary of International Day of Older Persons

UNIDOP

IDOP 2020 Program

The NGO Committee on Ageing, in partnership with UN DESA, invites you to the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of International Day of Older Persons on 1 October 2020.  Also celebrating the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, this virtual event unites UN officials and leaders in the fields of ageing and elsewhere to address the call to action for a Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-2030.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Register here: https://bit.ly/2XWwLm

9:00am – 12:00pm EDT (New York)
2:00pm – 5:00pm GMT (London)

The event will be broadcast live via the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/intfedageing/). The event recording will be made available to all registered participants following the event. For additional information on programme and speakers, go to the NGO COA Website:  http://ngocoa-ny.org/

We look forward to your participation on this special day!

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO committees affiliated with CoNGO: NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org; NGO Committee on Ageing-NY, please visit ngocoa-ny.org; NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.org.

IFA Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19 & Older People: Demographic Resilience in Times of Crisis

IFA Virtual Town Hall | COVID-19 and Older People: Demographic Resilience in Times of Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly demonstrated that combating age-based discrimination requires a shift in the narrative on the human rights of older persons and healthy ageing. Throughout the last several months of unprecedented hardships there have been extraordinary instances of resilience, perseverance and support among individuals and organizations working for and alongside older people. In the upcoming IFA Town Hall, the United Nations Populations Fund in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (UNFPA EECA) explores opportunities to shift the narrative by highlighting collaborative initiatives to mitigate risks for older people during the ongoing pandemic, and promote health and social programs in the context of demographic shifts which are built upon participatory and enabling environments for older people.

This town hall takes place at 07:00 am (Eastern Daylight Time) on Friday 25 September 2020 (additional time zones below):

Sao Paulo, Brazil: 08:00
Rome, Italy: 13:00
New Delhi, India: 16:30
Perth, Australia: 19:00

Register here!

Please note that this town hall will be recorded and streamed live on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/intfedageing/

Should you be unable to participate in this meeting, a recording and resources will be available at: https://ifa.ngo/ifa-virtual-town-hall-resources/

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-NY, please visit ngocoa-ny.org.

{Webinar} COVID-19, Amplifying Voices:  Our Lives, Our Say

The NGO Committee on Ageing calls your attention to a webinar on “COVID-19, Amplifying Voices:  Our lives, our say” being organized by the World Blind Union (WBU) on Friday, 4 September 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. EST


The aim of the webinar is to share the findings of a study conducted by the World Blind Union (WBU)examining the extent to which COVID-19 pandemic has exposed some deep structural inequalities in society. Data gathered from the study is evidencing that persons with disabilities, older persons, and persons from lower socioeconomic status backgrounds are among those hardest hit by the pandemic. While this report puts a spotlight on the voices of blind and partially sighted persons, many of the experiences shared strongly resonate with numerous other studies that are also highlighting how marginalised groups have been affected by this crisis. Through this report, WBU hopes to raise awareness on the specifics of what those challenges have meant in reality for its constituents, as well as shed light on what have been effective resilience strategies for them. The study was made possible with the support of CBM Global.

Panellists will include:

  • Ms. Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes, the UN Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility;
  • Mr. David Bainbridge, the Executive Director of CBM Global;
  • Mr. Danlami Umaru Basharu, Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD);
  • Ms. Rosario Galarza, member of the Executive Committee of Latin American Union of the Blind; and
  • Dr. Fred Schroeder,WBU President.

The webinar will be moderated by Mr. Jose Viera, Chief Executive Office, WBU.

REGISTER HERE:  https://geneva-academy-ch.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CSD5yzvFTxSBwSuFCINSKg

Accessibility: Realtime captioning and International Sign Language will be provided. The webinar will be available in English, French and Spanish.

The webinar will be broadcast live on WBU Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlindUnion

The study report is available in various accessible formats and languages  at http://www.worldblindunion.org/English/resources/Pages/General-Documents.aspx

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CoNGO Notes: CoNGO and its substantive committees are actively working on issues related to ageing, older persons and intergenerational solidarity. For more information: NGO Committee on Ageing – Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org.  NGO Committee on Ageing – New York, please visit www.ngocoa-ny.org.  NGO Committee on Ageing – Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.orgNGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, email the Chair, Rosa Perla Resnick at  rositaresnick@yahoo.com or the Vice Chair, Susanne Seperson at susanneseperson@gmail.com.

{Virtual Town Hall} COVID-19 and Older People: What It Takes to be an Advocate

Greetings,
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, global leaders in civil society have come together to address the devastating and ongoing impacts to the lives and functioning of older people. Going beyond the immediate emergency response and informing effective long-term policy frameworks will require sustained efforts and a unified voice to respond to the needs of older people. As the Chair of the NGO Committee on Ageing in Geneva, Ms. Silvia Perel-Levin shares in this IFA Virtual Town Hall good practices in advocating for the recognition of the rights of older people on the global scale.
Date and Time:
Friday 4th September 2020
7:00-8:00 am (Eastern Daylight Time)
Opening Remarks:
Ms. Silvia Perel-Levin
Chair
NGO Committee on Ageing, Geneva
For any questions or concerns please contact astancu@ifa.ngo.
Kind regards,
Andra Stancu
Project Officer
International Federation on Ageing

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CoNGO Notes: CoNGO and its substantive committees are actively working on issues related to ageing, older persons and intergenerational solidarity. For more information: NGO Committee on Ageing – Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org.  NGO Committee on Ageing – New York, please visit www.ngocoa-ny.org.  NGO Committee on Ageing – Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.orgNGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, email the Chair, Rosa Perla Resnick at  rositaresnick@yahoo.com or the Vice Chair, Susanne Seperson at susanneseperson@gmail.com.

[Webinar] ICTs and Older Persons

: ICTs and Older Persons: Universal Design, Standards, ICT and Older Persons in Support of UN Decade of Healthy Ageing

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

02:00 PM in Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna, 14:00-15:00 Geneva Time

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CoNGO Notes: To learn more about the NGO Committee on Ageing – Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org.

Elder Abuse Awareness Day: The Impact of COVID-19 on Violence, Abuse, & Neglect of Older Persons

Virtual Event
Tuesday, 16 June 2020 at 08:00-09:00 EST (NY), 14:00-15:00 CET (Geneva)

Registration is required. REGISTER HERE

The UN General Assembly designated 15 June as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (res. A/RES/66/127).  According to WHO estimates, 1 in 6 people aged over 60 suffers from abuse. That means nearly 141 million people globally. This number might be much higher as elder abuse is one of the most hidden and underreported violations. 

COVID-19 has put a spotlight on older persons including distressing reports of instances of abuse and neglect of older persons in long term care institutions. Not only older persons are at a high risk of serious illness and mortality, but they are also stigmatized through abusive language in both the conventional and social media. 

Despite the lack of reliable data on the actual scale of elder abuse in the community where the majority of older persons live, emerging reports reveal the high impact of the COVID-19 pandemic both in the rise of cases of abuse and in the disruption of the services and protective measures.

The UN Secretary-General in his Policy Brief: The Impact of Covid-19 on Older Persons warned that measures to restrict movement may trigger greater incidence of violence against older persons and all types of abuse – physical, emotional, financial and sexual as well as neglect. He also claimed that the lack of adequate legislation at national level to protect the rights of older persons and the absence of a dedicated internationally agreed legal framework, contribute to the vulnerability of older persons and may have contributed to the inadequate responses to the COVID-19 crisis and that these gaps must be filled.  

There is an urgent need to combat and prevent this serious human rights violation. Many Member States’ delegations at sessions of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing expressed the need to develop universally applicable normative standards for the protection of older persons against violence, neglect and abuse, which would contribute to providing a comprehensive response and would also provide guidance for the development of a reporting, accountability and remedy mechanism for such violations suffered by older persons.

Verbal abuse and hate speech: Do they lead to other types of abuse? When do under or/and over-protection become abuse? Have lockdowns increased the risk of financial exploitation. What are examples of passive and active neglect?

Opening words by H.E. Mr. Alejandro Verdier, Deputy Permanent Representative of Argentina to the UN in NY
Panelists:

  • Ms Claudia Mahler, Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons
  • Dr Etienne Krug, Director of the department of Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization: WHO’s new guidance on elder abuse and COVID-19
  • Jillenne Gunther, AARP Bank Safe: Fighting financial exploitation
  • Michael S. Mulvey, University of Ottawa: Tracing an outbreak of ageist discourse in social media

Co-Moderators: Amal Rafeh (UN DESA) and Monica Ferro (UNFPA)

The panel will be followed by a session of questions and answers with the audience.

Register here

Support for this program provided by Apple Bank and Hebrew Home
CoNGO Notes:
For more information on the NGO Committee of Ageing – NY, please visit ngocoa-ny.org.
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