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Before 2013, the HelpAge International Global Network was the only international ageing organization active in the post-2015 sustainable development process. Having recognized that the MDGs made no reference to older persons, HelpAge was committed to ensuring that issues related to older persons and global ageing were included in the post-2015 agenda. The NGO Committee on Aging in New York began engaging in the post-2015 process following the September 2012 UNHQ “Open Dialogue with the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda”-where older persons were omitted from the discussion. In early 2015, a “Post-2015 Sub-committee” composed of members of the NGO Committee on Ageing in New York representing about a dozen NGOs was formed and began working to raise the profile of ageing.

Since coming together in June 2013, the Stakeholder Group on Ageing has joined with individual Major Groups and the disability community in formal statements to the interactive dialogues, and facilitated partnerships for side events, documents, and other forms of joint advocacy.

The Stakeholder Group on Ageing is an alliance of the NGO Committee on Ageing in New York and the HelpAge International Global Network.  Together, we advance the interests of older persons in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. We are 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, based on the principle that no one should be left behind.

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 needs of older persons into the international regulatory framework. In addition to the Copenhagen Social Summit (1995), the 2002 Madrid World Assembly on Ageing, and the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA), meetings of CSocD and promoting the rights of older persons globally and within the UN through the Open Ended Working Group on the Rights of Older Persons have aided in raising the profile of ageing and development within the United Nations and its specialized agencies. Major strides to advance the rights of older people are also being made through collaboration facilitated by the International Day of Older Persons and the global campaigns Age Demands Action and Action 2015.


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