SGA Africa was officially established in 2018 and organized its first Africa Regional Conference on Ageing, in Abuja, Nigeria from 5-7 November 2018.  The Conference was opened by Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, wife of Nigeria’s Vice President, and was attended by representatives of the United Nations Programme on Ageing Unit, Economic Commission for Africa, governments and NGOs from 10 African countries.  Read all about it: 



CONGRATULATIONS go to Emem Omokaro (Dave Omokaro Foundation), Roseline Kihumba (HelpAge International/Kenya) who are Co-Chairs of SGA Africa, and their amazing team.



(9-18 JULY 2019, NEW YORK)

(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019 )

1. Voluntary National Reports (VNRs) in 2019 will be submitted by:
Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Eritrea, Fiji, France, Ghana, Guatemala, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lesotho, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nauru, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Philippines, Saint Lucia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania, and Vanuatu.

SGA Members and their affiliates are urged to contact their respective government authorities to ensure that VNRs include references to positions taken by governments on matters concerning older persons.

              2. Position Paper:

The Stakeholder Group on Ageing (SGA) will be submitting its position paper on SDG 4(education); SDG8 (employment); SDG10 (inequality); and SDG17 (particularly in context of data collection), to be submitted to the HLPF.  If SGA Members are interested in participating in the preparation of the position paper, contact Jack Kupferman (jkupferman@aol.com) .  Please put “SGA” in the subject line.

3. Expert Group Meetings (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019#preparation)

These EGMs are organized by UN entities to address the SDGs to be discussed in 2019.  The Major Groups and Other Stakeholders (of which the SGA is a member) will be submitting names for two representatives to attend each meeting.  Representatives are required to represent all the Major Groups and Other Stakeholders, who can submit their concerns to the representatives. 


Expert Group Meeting on SDG 4: 3-5 December 2018, Brussels (PASSED)
Expert Group Meeting on SDG 8: 4-5 April 2019, Geneva
Expert Group Meeting on SDG 10: 27-28 March 2019, Accra
Expert Group Meeting on SDG 13: 1-3 April 2019, Copenhagen
Expert Group Meeting on SDG 16: 3-5 April 2019, Rome (TBC)
Expert Group Meeting on SDG 17: 12 April 2019, New York
Expert Group Meeting on interlinkages: TBC


  • SGA members interested in representing SGA and the MGOS must notify their interest to SGA’s Focal Points: Ms. Erica Dhar (edhar@aarp.org) and Ms. Frances Zainoeddin (fzainoeddin@msn.com) by 15 February 2019.  Please put “SGA” in the subject line.
  • Submission of SGA candidates (if any):  21 February 2019
  • Steering Group of MGOS Coordination Mechanism’s final selection:  5 March 2019
  • Members of SGA can submit their specific concerns for each EGM to SGA’s Focal Points by 15 March 2019 so that they can be transmitted to the representatives selected to attend the meetings.

4. SDG Meetings held at the Regional Level in preparation for the HLPF:

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) : 21 – 22 March 2019, Geneva, Switzerland
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) : 27 – 29 March 2019, Bangkok, Thailand
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA): 16 – 18 April 2019, Beirut, Lebanon
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA): 16-18 April 2019, Morocco
United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC): 22- 26 April 2019, Santiago de Chile, Chile    

SGA Members and their affiliates are urged to attend and make their voices heard in support of older persons.

Currently, NGOs can be members of the Asia Pacific Regional Engagement Mechanism (APRCEM) http://asiapacificrcem.org/.  Other regional civil society coordination mechanisms are at various stages of being established.

5. Possible funding and speaking slots at the HLPF

SGA Members will be contacted as soon as information is received from the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development Goals about the possibility of receiving funding to travel to New York to attend the HLPF, and about the possibility of delivering statements on behalf of the SGA.  Priority will be given to those from developing countries, particularly from countries that will be submitting VNRs.


   6. Side-event during the HLPF

Each member of the Major Groups and Other Stakeholders is guaranteed the opportunity to convene a side-event during the HLPF -  more information will be available soon on the SGA’s proposals for a side event.

       7. Other preparatory events leading up to the HLPF

   Check out HLPF website:  (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019).

Information on SGA participation will be posted as soon as it becomes available.