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Commission for Social Development
On February 6, 2008, GAA organized a UN Roundtable on “What we can Learn from the Disability Campaign for Human Rights,” examining how the Disability NGO groups succeeded in a Human Rights Convention. Speakers included representatives from the Government of Mexico; the International Disability Caucus represented by Maria Veronica Reina; the German-based disability organization, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation; and GAA.
On February 7, 2008, GAA, in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and Help Age International, organized a reception to celebrate the 2nd Review of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing. The guests included UN staff, diplomats from all 5 continents and NGOs focusing on aging.
During the Commission for Social Development 2008, GAA organized a breakfast gathering with aging advocates (HAI, IFA, INPEA, IAGG, AARP and GAA) to lay out the steps towards a human rights convention on aging.
Commission on the Status of Women
On March 6, 2008, the NGO Committee on Aging, Subcommittee on Older Women partnered with GAA to organize a panel discussion on older women and global pensions with Professor Robin Blackburn as a key note speaker.
Expert Group Meeting
On May 19, 20 and 21, 2008, GAA Program Coordinator, Magali Girod, attended the UN Expert Group Meeting on intergenerational issues to insure that the voices of older persons were heard in the discussions.
International Day of Older Persons
On October 2, 2008, GAA addressed the closing session of the International Day of Older Persons (IDOP). Susanne Paul and Bridget Sleap summarized the day and suggested a number of beginning steps toward a human rights convention (or treaty) on aging.
NGO COMMITTEE ON AGING
On November 6, 2008, GAA addressed the NGO Committee on Aging on possible ways to secure a human rights convention on aging. Susanne Paul intervened along with the Head of the UN Programme on Aging.
On December 4, 2008, Florence Denmark, Chair of the NY NGO Committee on Ageing named Susanne Paul, GAA President, as Co-Chair of the Sub-Committee to Promote a human rights convention on aging.
PROJECTS AND EVENTS
Throughout 2008, GAA organized six seminar sessions for trade union retirees from New York City. This year, GAA focused on “the human rights of older persons.” The seminar series concluded the retirees writing and adopting their own human rights Convention (or Treaty) on aging.
On April 22, 2008, GAA invited Professor Robin Blackburn, New School faculty, to talk about global pensions guaranteeing every old person $1 per day.
For the first time, GAA partnered with Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority with a fundraising brunch inviting KKG members from New York City to discover the UN and its work on Aging. Anke Green, UN staff from Germany, described her work and involvement at the UN.
On May 27, 2008 GAA invited Jean Hoffmann, a long-time poetry writer, to share her poems with our friends and donors. This cultural event united young and old life.
In July 2008, Ferdous Begum, continued her campaign to include older women as a category for review under the terms of the Human Rights Convention to Eliminate all Forms of Discrimination against Women. Begum was elected to the CEDAW Committee this year and began her campaign to canvas CEDAW signatories to report on discrimination against older women. She expects a vote affirming this action in 2010.
On September 16 and 17, Susanne Paul, GAA President attended the Follow up Meeting on the December 2007 Brasilia Declaration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Susanne described what NGOs can do to move towards a human rights Convention on Aging. At the end of the meeting, the group agreed to push forward on a Convention (or treaty).
On October 25, GAA Program Coordinator, Magali Girod presented the work of GAA to the United Methodist Women’s Annual Conference in Dix Hills, NY.
On November 13, 2008, GAA organized a Fall Party for its local donors and friends.
GAA hosted interns from China, France, Russia, Germany, Lebanon, the United Kingdom, Singapore, India and the US. During 2008 interns research and post over forty articles per week in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. Also, GAA coordinated the efforts of older volunteers who did research, language assistance, technical help and evaluated our website.
In 2008, GAA redesigned its Aging Watch Section to make it more user friendly. GAA’s website gathered nearly 15 million hits from over 158 countries.
Organized the “UN Roundtable on Disappearing Pensions in Rich Countries” that examined the effects on older persons when public and private employers reduce or abandon pension programs. Speakers included representatives from UN Member States, trade unions, think tanks and academia. GAA also participated in side events on the 5 year follow-up on the Madrid Plan of Action on Aging.
UN Commission for Social Development, February
Organized a meeting with the German Parliamentary State Secretary, the German Commissioner for Disability and aging and disability organizations. The meeting aimed at mobilizing support among aging and disability groups to press for ratification of the UN Convention on for Persons with Disabilities. Co-organized a high-level luncheon, “The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities-Creating Momentum for Implementation.”
Signing of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, March
Published major ‘big issue’ article in 2007 Social Watch Report examining how the UN’s Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing lays the basis for social protection in poor countries. Susanne Paul and Alischa Kugel produced the article.
Hosted interns from Argentina, Armenia, Belarus, China, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Kyrgyzstan and the US. Interns research and post over fifty articles per week in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. Also, GAA coordinated the efforts of older volunteers who did research, language assistance, technical help and evaluated our website.
Re-designed the Arabic language section to make it more user friendly. GAA’s website averages 1.3 million hits per month and attracts readers from 145 countries.
Organized the “UN Roundtable on Older Persons in the 2004 Tsunami” that examined how relief agencies responded to the needs of older persons in Tsunami-affected countries. Government delegates, high level officials from UNICEF, OCHA (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Activities), the UN Asia Pacific Regional Commission, HelpAge International and a local Sri Lankan non-governmental organization analyzed the disaster. Panelists gave concrete suggestions for improving rescue and recovery efforts of older persons. They also provided insights on how to advance these ideas within the UN. UN Commission for Social Development, February
Led efforts to secure data disaggregation by age and sex in UN social statistics. Such data will reveal how social policies affect older women and men. Also, GAA documented how social pensions are improving the lives of older persons in many parts of the world. UN Statistical Commission, March
The New York State United Teachers’ newspaper interviewed GAA about threats to public pensions (January). InterPress Service reported on the “UN Roundtable” (February) and a United Methodist News Service story described GAA’s activities in support of social pensions in poor countries (March) and GAA’s website and UN work (June). GAA gave background interviews to Radio Free Europe on pensions in Turkmenistan (February), to the Dubuque, Iowa Telegraph on US retirement programs (June), and the Cleveland Plain Dealer on global pensions (July).
Hosted interns from Belarus, Bolivia, China, France, Japan, Morocco, Dominican Republic and the US. Interns research and post over fifty articles per week in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. Also, GAA coordinated the efforts of older volunteers who did research, language assistance, technical help and evaluated our website.
Re-designed the GAA website to allow “quick access” to documents. Created new sections devoted to social pensions, data disaggregation and the impact of the 2004 Tsunami on older persons. GAA’s website averages 1.1 million hits per month.
Presented Statement on human rights of Elderly Indigenous Persons during
the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues held at the United Nations in
May. Cooperated with HelpAge International by offering comments on needs
of older persons at the Africa Commission meeting in June.
Organized a Side Event Panel on Mainstreaming Older Persons into the
Development Agenda during the UN Commission on Social Development in
February. UN Secretariat staff, government representatives and NGO leaders
participated. Resourced the UN Secretary General's Special Representative
for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP's) with a Checklist for Older
Persons in IDP camps.
Provided research to the Expert Panel of the Commission for the
Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on the material
situation of older women in developed, developing and transitional
economies. Suggested questions to pose to Country Representatives during
2005 sessions about older women's poverty.
Held two training seminars for trade union retirees. Speakers described
European social insurance programs, advocacy strategies around threatened
privatization of US Social Security and the United Nations and its aging
Hosted 16 resident interns from Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Moldova,
Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, and the USA. In addition, 6
"virtual" interns from Argentina, China, Egypt, Haiti, Taiwan,
Ukraine and the USA resourced the website. Interns research and post over
forty articles per week in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and
Spanish. Also, GAA coordinated the efforts of seven older volunteers who
did research, development, language assistance, technical help, and
evaluated our website.
In March, GAA launched its new web-section "Aging Watch at the United
Nations." The site offers information on how the UN system develops,
considers and implements aging work. In April, GAA's website (www.globalaging.org)
for the first time attracted over one million hits in one month and
repeated this success in three other month. Adding Arabic to its language
sections in May, GAA now posts articles in all six official UN languages
attracting more readers from non-English speaking countries.
Presented a Statement on "Protection of Older
Persons in Armed Conflict in the Least Developed Countries" to the
High Level Segment of the Economic and Social Council substantive session
of 2004. The UN Secretariat invited GAA to develop this paper due to its
work on older persons and armed conflict.
Organized a large panel on "Older Persons and
Armed Conflict" during the February Commission on Social Development
in partnership with Help Age International. In May, GAA hosted a
"speak out" on armed conflict and older indigenous persons
during the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
Gave media interviews on emerging issues in aging. Topics included age
discrimination on the job, specialized retirement communities as well as
specific issues facing racial/ethnic/language minorities and same sex
couples. Spoke several times on New York metro area radio shows about
Held ten training seminars for older people's groups from trade union,
academic and religious organizations. They heard speakers discuss European
social pensions, Japanese technology to help frail elderly, US Social
Security, and more.
Hosted eight resident interns from France, Georgia, Jamaica, Japan,
Ukraine, Venezuela and the US. Also hosted "virtual" interns
from Azerbaijan, China and the USA. Interns researched and posted over
fifty articles per week in English, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish.
Attracting over eight million hits during 2004, the website (www.globalaging.org)
continues to grow with an increasing proportion of readers from
non-English speaking countries. With articles in five languages, GAA has
added Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Chile, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong and the
Russian Federation to its top 20 countries visiting our site each week.
Prepared a research paper on "Protection of Civilians: Older Persons in Armed Conflict" for the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
GAA, along with its partners, will press for a UN Security Council Resolution in 2004 to Protect Older Persons.
The UN Economic and Social Council approved Global Action on Aging for "special consultative status," giving GAA the right to speak to the Council during sessions. Our organization also participates in the NGO Committee on Ageing at the UN.
Gave media interviews on Social Security and Women to MORE Magazine (Oct. 14), on Poverty among Older Americans to Dutch RTL television (Nov. 17), on Older Persons who want paid work to UM Communications (Oct. 27), on older ethnic persons seeking retirement facilities to the Arizona Republic (Nov. 11) and on elder rights to a television documentary producer (Oct. 2).
Held six training seminars for older people's groups from trade unions, retiree and religious organizations, devoted to critical emerging issues facing older persons, including income support, health access, elder rights, and protection of older persons in situations of armed conflict.
Hosted eight resident interns from Azerbaijan, Brazil, China, France, Ukraine, and USA to research and post over 60 articles weekly to our website. Interns monitor major UN meetings, confer with Secretariat staff and present our work in public arenas.
Attracting eight million hits this year, the website (www.globalaging.org) doubled its 2002 level. France, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Netherlands, and Germany are the top countries using the website outside the US. Tripling its subscribers over 2002, our weekly email newsletter went out to over 45 countries and reached UN staff, diplomats, professionals in the aging field and many older persons.
UN'S SECOND WORLD ASSEMBLY ON AGEING
NGO FORUM ON AGEING
April 4-12, 2002, in Madrid, Spain
Organized two large NGO Forum sessions on "New Approaches to Old Poverty," and "Social Initiatives of Older Women in Developing Countries." Assisted partner organizations with panels on volunteerism, spiritual dimensions of aging, housing of abandoned elderly, art and the elderly, and an NGO "lessons learned" session.
Partners included: Older Women's League, Gray Panthers, Burden Center on Aging, Peace Action, World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women, United Methodist Church (USA), Franciscans International, Negro Business and Professional Women, LINKS, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, the Ladies Charitable Society, and the Loretto Community.
Began developing educational resources, using UN and website information, for community and organization Seminars on the International Plan of Action. Materials will guide activists to implement the Plan of Action at the local level.
BBC News interviewed Susanne Paul for a global wrap-up of pension program financing for a five-part series. October 24 Bloomberg News interviewed GAA for its views on private pensions, including 401(k) plans, following the Enron and Tyco scandals, June 11 UN NewsWire quoted GAA on aging in developing countries, April 6
Held seven training seminars for retiree groups, both trade unionists and religious organizations that examined critical emerging issues facing older persons
Hosted ten resident and one off-site intern from Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, France, Japan, Russia, Ukraine, United States, and Uzbekistan who pursued internet research and posted articles on the Global Action website.
Increased from 35,000 hits per week in January to over 110,000 hits in early December. Top ten countries visiting the site are the United States, France, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Spain, Belgium, Japan, Brazil and Argentina.
Organized a major meeting on public pensions and health care with
the International Labor Organization for the NGO Committee on Aging.
Listened for inclusion of older women as victims of gender
discrimination in country reports presented to the UN's Commission on the
Elimination of Discrimination against Women. Unfortunately, we found that
no country addressed such discrimination --even though Global Action on
Aging tracks such abuses worldwide.
Prepared a document on older women's human rights worldwide. Wrote a
statement on "Older Women and Poverty Eradication" that the NGO
Committee on the Status of Women will use in its work at the United
Held six training seminars for older people's groups, from trade
union, retiree and religious organizations, devoted to critical emerging
issues facing older persons.
Hosted twelve resident and two off-site interns from Armenia, Belgium,
Brazil, France, Hong Kong, Japan, USA and Venezuela to research and post
articles on our website.
Built our website by adding 550 new pages. Site traffic increased
dramatically to a rate of one million hits per year!
Welcomed fifty participants from a dozen countries who joined us on
the International Day of Older Persons to hear Dr. Odile Frank of the UN
Department of Economic and Social Affairs and Ambassador Bagher Asadi,
Chairman of the Group of 77 to discuss "Prospects for the World
Assembly on Ageing."
HIGHLIGHTS 2000 - 1992
Key planner of the NGO Forum at the UN's World Assembly on Ageing,
held in Madrid, Spain in 2002.
Host of the www.globalaging.org
website that attracted about 150,000 hits during 2000.
Organizer of the UN Working Group on Social Protection,
including NGO's from women, labor, aging and the foundation community.
Organized the the National Satellite Teleconference on "A Society
for All Ages," that reached 135 downlink sites in 37 US states.
Initiated the Official Preparatory Event for the UN's International
Year of Older Persons, Nashville, Texas. Produced the Declaration of Older
Women's Rights, drawn up by 120 women from 65 different organizations from
every continent. Three years later, many public and civic organizations across
the globe adopted the Declaration, available in five major
Convener of the Annual Global Older Women's Roundtable for delegates and
NGO's from developing countries during the UN's Commission on the Status
Created and moderated the Global Older Women's Network via an electronic
newsletter to about 650 aging advocacy leaders in every region of the world.
Global Action on Aging organized a Special Panel about Threats to the Economic Security of Older Persons
for delegates at the 1995 Wold Summit on Social Development, in Copenhagen,
Denamark. Global Action on Aging's President Susanne Paul also addressed the Plenary Session of
the UN Conference on Social Development in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Global Action on Aging's President Susanne Paul spoke to the Plenary Sessions of the UN Conference on
Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt.
Global Action on Aging's book, Humanity Comes of Age, 1994, sold 40,000 copies in four printings.
Global Action on Aging's President Susanne Paul addressed the UN General
Assembly on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the 1982 World Plan of
Action on Aging.
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