Who We Are

The Stakeholder Group on Ageing (SGA) is a member of the Major Groups and Other Stakeholders involved in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015 whose basic principle is to leave no one behind.

The SGA serves as the voice of older persons at the global level. Additionally, the SGA brings together global and national networks of organizations concerned with issues of ageing, representing 800 million older women and men in all regions of the world.

Our coalition builds on long standing and ongoing collaboration on ageing within the United Nations system. Beginning with the first Vienna Assembly on Ageing in 1982, the UN has demonstrated a commitment to furthering the inclusion of the special concerns of older persons into the international regulatory framework. In addition to the United Nations Principles for Older Persons (1991), the Copenhagen Social Summit (1995), the 2002 Madrid World Assembly on Ageing, and the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA), meetings of the Commission for Social Development, collaboration with organizations of the United Nations system and promoting the rights of older persons through the Open Ended Working Group on Ageing, the profile of ageing and development within the United Nations and its specialized agencies has been raised. Major strides to advance the rights of older persons are also being made through collaboration facilitated by observances of the International Day of Older Persons (1 October) and the global campaigns Age Demands Action and Action For Sustainable Development.