covid-19 pandemic

Human Rights Day 2020: Celebrating COVID-19 Frontline Heroes

Frontline workers have borne the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. The crisis has laid bare issues of gender equality and racial justice, and public participation.

This online event, hosted by the New York Office of UN Human Rights, will showcase the contribution the heroes of the pandemic are making to achieving the rights of others and underline the fact that they have rights themselves.

Join us to hear from people working to make human rights a reality around the globe. The event includes personal testimony from health workers in Thailand and Guatemala, and women’s support network leaders in Nigeria and Egypt. It also features a mask-maker, an advocate for the elderly and refugees, an educator and a performer from SpainPoland, Jamaica and the United States.

The event will begin with an opening address by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, followed by remarks by Carmelyn P. Malalis, Chair and Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, and closing comments from Ilze Brands Kehris, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights.

Please note that the event has been pre-recorded and therefore will not feature a question and answer session, but that you are welcome to follow-up with the New York Office of UN Human Rights with comments or requests for information.

The event video will be available on-demand on UN Human Rights YouTube and from 2:00 pm EST on December 10.

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CoNGO Notes:For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chairs at  or

International Summit on Domestic|Family Violence in the COVID-19 Era

You Are Invited

To the International Summit on Domestic/
Family Violence in the COVID-19 Era

Hosted By the Working Group of the Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention & Criminal Justice @UNHQ

Interactive Dialogue with WHO Director General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

It is a pleasure to invite you to participate in an interactive civil society dialogue with WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on 4 November 2020 with the theme Strengthening connections across sectors: Building partnerships for healthy ageing in and beyond the COVID-19 era.
Older people and those with underlying health conditions are facing the most significant risks from COVID-19, yet neither are they invisible or powerless. In this space of both tragedy and opportunity CSOs working with these groups are the glue of solidarity globally, nationally, locally and at the community level. WHO leadership has a pivotal role to play in reinforcing the need for strategic action across WHO Departments and offices, with a common goal of improving the health (in the broadest sense) and well being of older people, and protecting their rights, during and living with the impact of the pandemic.


Jane Barratt, International Federation on Ageing
Voice of older people in COVID-19:  Maciej Kucharczyk, AGE Platform Europe
Enabling age-friendly environments, including measuring their impact:  Grace Chan, Hong Kong Council of Social Services
Vaccination to older adults and those with underlying conditions:  Michael Moore, World Federation Public Health Associations
Regulated home-based and residential / institutional long-term care and support:  Isabella Aboderin, International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG),
African Region
Including older people in all NCDs (including mental health) data and responses:  Justin Derbyshire, HelpAge International
Humanizing loss, grief, bereavement, and the last days of life: Alexandre Kalache, International Longevity Centre, Brazil
Organized by the International Federation on Ageing, HelpAge International, ILC Brazil and the NGO Committee on Ageing, Geneva and supported by many organizations, this interactive session forms part of the series of Civil Society-WHO Director General dialogues being organized on different topics of interest for the civil society, related to the COVID-19 response.
Join this innovative program of lightning talks on technical and systemic issues, good practice and concrete action which we believe will support a stronger focus on healthy ageing at global, regional, national and community levels.
Date and Time:
Wednesday 4 November 2020
8:00–9:30am (EST – New York) | 2:00-3:30pm (CET – Geneva)


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-New York, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit