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Autumn kick-off of NGO Committee on Ageing NY

Autumn kick-off of NGO Committee on Ageing regular monthly program

NGO COA-NY and the UNITED NATIONS: Update and a look ahead

Opening: Dr. Cynthia Stuen, Chair, NGO Committee on Ageing

  • Overview NGO COA’s activities during the past year and looking ahead in terms of its goals for the coming year
  • Introduction of new members of the Executive Committee, and Chairs of Subcommittees
  • New Decade of Healthy Ageing Knowledge Platform: decadeofhealthyage

10:30 am – 11:10 am

  • International Day of Older Persons, 1 October 2021 – Ms. Erica Dhar (AARP) and Ms. Magda Kaczmarska (Generations United), Co-chairs of event
  • NGO participation in UN activities – Ms. Susan Somers (International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse) and Ms. Frances Zainoeddin (Soroptimist International)
  • Standing up for the rights of older persons – an event on 14 October 2021: A focus on the USA and Canada – Dr. Cynthia Stuen, International Federation on Ageing

11:10 am – 11:25 am

  • Secretary-General’s annual report to the General Assembly
    Ms. Amal About Rafeh, Chief, Programme Unit on Ageing, UN/DESA

11:25 – 11:30 am Closing

No registration necessary. Join the meeting via Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84134007168

The NGO Committee on Ageing also urges you REGISTER for the International Day of Older Persons on 1 October 2021.

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CoNGO Notes: The NGO Committee on Ageing-NY is one of the Substantive Committeeof the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO). Likewise, 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 Intergenerational Solidarity, please email the vice chair at susanneseperson@gmail.com. 

Leveraging Technology and Innovative Shared Living Solutions for Older Adults

IFA Global Cafe presents

In Conversation with Dr. Vipan Nikore on “Leveraging Technology and Innovative Shared Living Solutions for Older Adults”

While much of the world is reopening and life has returned to normal level. However, the vulnerability of many long-term care facilities still become apparent. As we look towards future, we are striving the ensure the vulnerable older adults receive quality care not only in long-term facilities but also in their own homes.

The IFA is honored to invite Dr. Vipan Nikore, a healthy systems leader, with extensive experience in improving healthcare innovation and technology, and is keen to connect people who share a vision to create positive change for older adults.

Register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkdeitqTorHdIP8hNmsgYG3cYOq821Swmc

This Global Cafe takes place at 07:00 am (Eastern Day Time) on Friday 10 September 2021 (additional time zones below):

Vancouver, Canada 4:00 am
London, UK 12:00 pm
Geneva, Switzerland 1:00 pm
Lagos, Nigeria 12:00 pm
New Delhi, India 4:30 pm
Perth, Australia 7:00 pm

This Global Cafe will be recorded and streamed live on Facebook. Should you be unable to participate, a recording will be available on the IFA Facebook page at facebook.com/intfedageing and resources will be available at: ifa.ngo/ifa-global-cafe.

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

Ontario’s Senior Care Beyond COVID-19

IFA Global Cafe: In Conversation with Ms. Lisa Levin on “Ontario Senior’s Care Beyond COVID-19”

Everyone’s ageing journey is different. Insights and experiences can help seniors and health providers to navigate challenging circumstances and sudden changes. In many instances, it is important to discuss the subject with empathy, and to have a conversation that acknowledges seniors’ concerns instead of simply telling them what to do.

The IFA is honored to invite Ms. Lisa Levin, a high energy leader, with extensive experience in focusing on advocacy and education and delivering the best possible care for seniors in a respectful way. Register here!

This Global Cafe takes place at 07:00 am (Eastern Day Time) on Friday 3 September 2021 (additional time zones below):

Vancouver, Canada 4:00 am
London, UK 12:00 pm
Geneva, Switzerland 1:00 pm
Lagos, Nigeria 12:00 pm
New Delhi, India 4:30 pm
Perth, Australia 7:00 pm

This Global Cafe will be recorded and streamed live on Facebook. Should you be unable to participate, a recording will be available on the IFA Facebook page at facebook.com/intfedageing.

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

Regional outlook on ageing: Middle East & North Africa

World Economic Forum Healthy Ageing and Longevity Dialogues:

Regional outlook on ageing: Middle East and North Africa 

Thursday 2 September 2021 , 14h00 Central European Summer Time / 8.00 EDT ( New York)

Moderator: Amal Abou Rafeh  – (Chief, Programme on Ageing, UNDESA (UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs)

Please register here: https://weforum.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Rv1k-olkQa6n0Xyptn0gmA

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

International Day for People of African Descent

The International Day for People of African Descent will be celebrated for the first time on 31 August 2021. Through this Observance the United Nations aims to promote the extraordinary contributions of the African diaspora around the world and to eliminate all forms of discrimination against people of African descent.

International days reflect the values that society shares. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and have the potential to contribute constructively to the development and well-being of their societies. Any doctrine of racial superiority is scientifically false, morally condemnable, socially unjust, and dangerous and must be rejected, together with theories that attempt to determine the existence of separate human races.

The United Nations strongly condemns the continuing violent practices and excessive use of force by law enforcement agencies against Africans and people of African descent and condemns structural racism in criminal justice systems around the world. The Organization further acknowledges the Transatlantic Slave Trade as one of the darkest chapters in our human history and upholds human dignity and equality for the victims of slavery, the slave trade and colonialism, in particular people of African descent in the African diaspora.

Learn more about how and why the UN commemorates this observance at un.org/en/observances/african-descent-day.

For further information on the International Decade for “People of African Descent: recognition, justice and development” (2015-2024), please visit un.org/en/observances/decade-people-african-descent.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, please visit facebook.com/NGOCoRIP. For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development, please visit ngosocdev.org

International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism

Victims of terrorism continue to struggle to have their voices heard, have their needs supported and their rights upheld. Victims often feel forgotten and neglected once the immediate aftermath of a terrorist attack fades, which can have profound consequences for them. Few Members States have the resources or the capacity to fulfill the medium and long-term needs required for victims to fully recover, rehabilitate and integrate back into society. Victims can only recover and cope with their trauma through long-term multi-dimensional support, including physical, psychological, social and financial, in order to heal and live with dignity.

The primary responsibility to support victims of terrorism and uphold their rights rests with Member States. The United Nations has an important role in supporting Member States to implement Pillar I and IV of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy through standing in solidarity and providing support to victims, capacity building assistance, establishing networks of, and offering support to, civil society organizations, particularly victims of terrorism associations, and encouraging Member States to promote, protect and respect the rights of victims. The United Nations has been working to provide resources, mobilize the international community and better address the needs of victims of terrorism.

The General Assembly, in its resolution 72/165 (2017), established 21 August as the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism in order to honor and support the victims and survivors of terrorism and to promote and protect the full enjoyment of their human rights and fundamental freedoms

Resolution 72/165 builds on existing efforts by the General Assembly, the Commission of Human Rights and the Human Rights Council to promote and protect the rights of victims of terrorism.

By proclaiming an International Day dedicated to victims, the General Assembly reaffirmed that the promotion and the protection of human rights and the rule of law at the national; and international levels are essential for preventing and combating terrorism.

The Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, adopted unanimously in its resolution 60/288, on 8 September 2006, notes that the dehumanization of victims counts among the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism, and the most effective way to counter terrorism is through measures that respect human dignity and uphold the rule of law.

To hear victim testimonies, read relevant documents, and learn more about how/why the UN commemorates this observance, click here.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security, please visit ngocdps.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chairs at bobbinassar@gmail.com or bknotts@uua.org. 

World Humanitarian Day

Dear NGO Representatives,

Ms. Tatiana Valovaya, UNOG Director-General, is pleased to invite you to take part in the annual observance of World Humanitarian Day at the Palais des Nations, which will take place on Thursday, 19 August 2020 at 3.00 p.m., outside the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room (Room XX). 

Designated by the General Assembly to be observed on 19 August – the day when 22 colleagues were killed at the United Nations Office in Baghdad, World Humanitarian Day is an opportunity to pay tribute to colleagues who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and to honour the thousands of aid workers who continue to provide much needed support to people suffering from conflicts or disasters across the world.  As the world’s humanitarian capital, Geneva plays a central role in bringing together the partners to ensure an effective humanitarian response.

The Geneva World Humanitarian Day commemoration is organized in collaboration with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Due to COVID-19, the solemn ceremony will be organized in a hybrid format, with a limited physical presence outside Room XX. Due to the setup, no interpretation will be provided, however the speakers will address the event in either English or French. For any queries, please contact unog.political@un.org. 

We also take this opportunity to encourage you to be part of the 2021 World Humanitarian Day global campaign #TheHumanRace, which aims to get the world racing against the climate crisis clock ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November. Together with some famous persons in sport, the United Nations is encouraging people across the world to run, walk, swim, row or cycle for climate action. Learn more at https://www.unocha.org/world-humanitarian-day-2021.

The commemoration of World Humanitarian Day is a highlight in the agenda of International Geneva. Ms. Tatiana Valovaya looks forward to your participation which will send a strong signal of support, demonstrating our collective commitment to the humanitarian cause.

Program:

Wreath laying and candle lighting ceremony with Ms. Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General, United Nations Office at Geneva and Ms. Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Ms. Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General, United Nations Office at Geneva

Minute of silence

  • Ms. Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Ms. Laura Dolci, Family of the victim of the attacks against the United Nations Office in Baghdad on 19 August 2003
  • H.E. Mr. Abdul-Karim HASHIM MOSTAFA, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Iraq to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva
  • Ms. Prisca Chaoui, Executive Secretary, UNOG Staff Coordinating Council
  • Ms. Wafaa Saeed, Acting Director of the Coordination Division, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Laying of floral arrangements by participants

Master of ceremonies: Ms. Alessandra Vellucci, Director, United Nations Information Service

Join the World Humanitarian Day global campaign on the climate crisis. Sign up or pledge your part to the #TheHumanRace now.

To attend in person, register here. The event will also be webcast live at webtv.un.org.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chairs at bobbinassar@gmail.com or bknotts@uua.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, please visit ngocsd-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit ngocsdvienna.org.

Decade of Healthy Ageing: A Social Responsibility

Dear Colleagues,

You are kindly invited  to the event Decade of Healthy Ageing: A Social Responsibility” that will take place Thursday, July 29th from 10:00am to 12:00pm (EDT) aiming to provide a space for experts to share their visions and experiences with different social actors interested in generating the conditions and transformations necessary for more people to achieve healthy aging, according to the Decade proposal.

This event is organized by the Diplomatic Academy of Chile (ACADE) and the National Service for the Older People (SENAMA) with the participation of Mrs. Zulma Sosa, Coordinator of Population and Development Area of the Latin American and Carribean Demographic Center (CELADE); Dr. Enrique Vega, Unit Chief for the Healthy Life Course of the Pan American Health Organization (OPS); Dr. Carmen Quintanilla, Senator of General Courts of Ciudad Real and Vice President of European Seniors’ Union; Mr. Octavio Vergara,National Director of SENAMA and Dr. Ángela Arenas, lawyer and Director of the Faculty of Law of the Finis Terrae University.

Among other issues, the panelists will address:

  • the evolution, priority areas and ways of implementing the Decade challenges related to the recognition and social leadership of older adults,
  • the fight against isolation, accentuated by COVID-19, the situation of older women living in rural areas, and national and international health strategies that protect older people from future epidemics.
  • actions and fundamental challenges to consolidate the treatment of this issue as one of the responsibilities of the entire society.

*The event will be conducted in Spanish and will have simultaneous interpretation to English and Portuguese*

Please register your attendance through this Link.

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

Sustainable Ageing in a Digital World

Objectives:

An increasing number of concerns have been raised regarding the risks of leaving vulnerable groups behind in a hyper-digitalised world which includes older and marginalised populations. Therefore, digital inclusion needs to be a top priority in terms of public policy making from a human rights and from an economic productivity point of view. The latter is of particular importance for countries that do not yet have an adequate social safety net for their citizens and also for countries faced with the challenge of older persons soon outnumbering the younger population. Responsive policies could empower the older population who are not yet digitally proficient to reap the potential benefits of the digital technology and support their participation in an increasingly digitalized economy and society.

An ageing workforce poses a known dilemma to companies. Older employees who hold more manual and less highly skilled jobs tend to be less familiar with ICT and less equipped to participate in today’s digitalised workplace. Excluding older workers and employees from acquiring digital literacy and minimal competence to work in an ICT dense workplace would reduce retraining costs but might jeopardize productivity and externalise social costs. For example, in service sector where companies’ productivity might actually increase with age due to accumulation of tacit knowledge and abilities to network across age groups with clients. This will take younger employees more time, emotional intelligence and social capital. Hence productivity might be higher for a socially skillful older staff. While many routine works continue to be necessary within an ICT integrated work environment, older workers, arguably with greater patience, are better equipped to carry out the more routine data processing tasks with less errors and need for rework.

Inclusion of older workers in the development of digital competence would also make sense since many of the customer services and other more routine type of work connected to data platform interactions will continue to require a human touch for all age groups. A later life work pattern will become the norm in many of the ageing societies. Hence, acquiring digital literacy would enable older workers to remain active and productive longer. The aim of this panel is to broaden the public’s understanding about the impact of digital technology on ageing in the context of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) which has accelerated the coverage and depth of digitalization in both public and private domains.

The key note speech will be based on the newly published policy brief on “Ageing in the Digital Era” by the UNECE and highlight the barriers to digital technology adoption and the use of digital tools in later life and suggest action areas for policy makers. Panelists will discuss various policy considerations for governments to adopt.

Learn more and register here: https://hopin.com/events/unisa-iasia-hybrid-conference

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

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