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A convention for older people? The debate continues…

The fourth session of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWGA) took place at the UN in New York on 12-15 August.

The working group was set up in 2010 to discuss the possibility of a new human rights instrument to protect older people’s rights.

Civil society presence was stronger than ever and united in its call for a new convention. Member States, on the other hand, still remain divided on the need for a new convention. So the debate will continue.

Lianne Murphy from our Affiliate, Age Action Ireland, writes this blog post on her time at the meeting, while Bethany Brown, Policy Director at HelpAge USA, has some further analysis.

syria-crisis-An older Syrian refugee (c) HelpAge International 2013

Oldest and youngest ignored in emergency responses

A new HelpAge report – endorsed by Save the Children UK – reveals that older people and young children are ignored in emergency responses.

The research, Disasters and diversity: a study of humanitarian financing for older people and children under five reveals that only 1% of funded projects targets older people and 2.3% children under five.

World Humanitarian Day: Remembering Syria

World Humanitarian Day was observed on 19 August. Claire Catherinet, Inclusion Adviser for HelpAge and our partner Handicap International, writes movingly about working with older Syrian refugees.


A rapid expansion of pension coverage — how has China done it?

In recent years China has achieved unprecedented expansion of pension coverage, with the pension system now seen as important for inclusive growth.

A new briefing China and the expansion of the New Rural Social Pension explores how.

Latin America’s ideological shift?

As Latin American countries use conditional cash transfers less and old age pensions more, Dr Stephen Kidd, Senior Policy Specialist at Development Pathways, asks if Latin America is moving towards a more progressive and inclusive vision of social security?

India competitionFlowers for All by Sathya Ganapathi

Photo contest reveals true picture of working lives

A national photography competition in India that focused on older people has provided a wealth of information about the huge amount of work carried out by older people that typically goes unacknowledged.

In this blog, Penny Vera-Sanso, Lecturer in Development Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, which ran the competition with The Hindu and the Centre for Law Policy and Human Rights Studies in Chennai, explains the contest’s impact.


Upcoming events

A conference 100 years of social pensions, the challenge of global poverty and experiences of the social protection system in Sweden will be held on 1-2 October 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden.

The event is jointly organised by the Church of Sweden and HelpAge International. Registration closes on 10 September.

andrea vilelaAndrea Vilela presents HelpAge’s statement at the Open Working Group

Recent events

The Fourth Session of the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals, took place in June.

In this blog post, HelpAge’s Social Protection Policy Adviser Andrea Vilela writes about HelpAge’s statement to the group.

Interim CEO Silvia Stefanoni also wrote a blog for the Huffington Post.


Useful reading

Ageways 81: Fundraising, HelpAge International, August 2013, provides practical advice on fundraising for work with older people.

A cross sectional nutritional assessment of population fifty years and above in districts of Rahimyar Khan, Shikarpur and Jacobabad, HelpAge International, July 2013

The Social Protection Index: Assessing Results for Asia and the Pacific, Asian Development Bank, July 2013

«Nigeria expected to have larger population than US by 2050», Guardian Development, June 2013


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