Working Group on Ageing

The Working Group

In 2012, GANHRI established a Working Group on Ageing

With the dramatic increase of the world’s elderly population and a rapidly ageing population structure in many countries, the human rights of older persons have become an ever-more important issue.

Therefore, GANHRI decided in 2012 to establish the GANHRI Working Group on Ageing.



The purpose of the Working Group is to support NHRI contribution to the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWGA) and discuss measures for international cooperation for the protection and promotion of human rights of older persons and to foster GANHRI’s advocacy efforts for the extension of formal participation rights for NHRIs in the work of the OEWGA and international processes leading up to the consideration of a binding instrument on the rights of older persons.


The Working Group is composed of 8 GANHRI members; namely two members from each of the four GANHRI regional networks, and a representative of the GANHRI Chairperson designated by him or her, supported by the GANHRI HO.