Africa Regional Expert Conference On Human Rights Situation of Older Persons in Africa

An Inter-sessional Forum for the UN General Assembly Open-Ended Working Group for the Purpose of Strengthening the Protection of the Human Rights of Older Persons

25th & 26th November 2019 | ECOWAS Parliament Complex | Abuja, Nigeria


His Excellency Mr. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande,
President UN General Assembly
Ms. Amal Abou Rafeh
Chief Program on Ageing Unit, Social Inclusion and Participation Branch UN DESA
Amb. Martin Garcia Moritan
Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations,Chair, United Nations Open Ended Working Group on Ageing
Dr. Tunji Asaolu
Chairperson, Social Affairs & Health (Cluster Committee), African Union Economic, Social & Cultural Council
H.E. Moustapha Cissé Lô
The Hon. Speaker, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament
Mr. Anthony O. Ojukwu Esq.
Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission, Nigeria

The Conference aims to provide a platform for a diverse set of stakeholders in the region, including Governments, national human rights institutions, civil society organizations, academia, older persons as well as international and regional organizations to discuss the human rights situation of older persons in Africa, and to enable a better understanding of progress made and challenges faced in ensuring those rights, as well as exchange related experiences and lessons learned.

It also serves as an on-going debate in-between working sessions of the United Nations General Assembly Open-Ended Working Group for the purpose of strengthening the protection of the human rights of older persons, and is of great importance to stimulating discussions at the upcoming 11th session of the Working Group, which will be held from 6 to 9 April 2020 at the United Nations


  • Representative of African Governments
  • Representative of African Union
  • Representative of ECOWAS Parliament
  • Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations
  • Representatives of National Human Rights Institutes
  • Stakeholder Group on Ageing Africa
  • United Nations NGO Committee on Ageing
  • Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People

Event Partners

Permanent Mission of Argentina | Permanent Mission of Nigeria | United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations | International Institute on Ageing, UN Malta
African Union | ECOWAS Parliament | NHRC Nigeria | Dave Omokaro Foundation | Geriatrics Association of Nigeria
HelpAge International | NGO Committee on Ageing United Nations | International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
International Federation on Ageing | The Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People | Droits Humains Ocean Indien
Nsindagiza Organization | MANEPO 


On Equality and Non-Discrimination of Older Persons in Africa: Neglect, Abuse Violence and Stigmatization

Mrs. Margaret C. Kabango
Uganda Reach the Aged Association, Uganda
Mr. Elijah Mwega
KARIKA Ageing Kenya
Chief Kikelomo Edwards
Dementia Care Society of Nigeria Nigeria
Mr. Naraidoo G. Naraidoo
Droits Humains Ocean Indien Mauritius
Dr. Andrew Mbewe
The Rabe Institute for Development Zambia

Who is Attending

Member States | UN Agencies | Human Rights Institutions | ECOWAS Parliamentarians | Stakeholder Groups on Ageing
Older Activists | Academia | NGOs

To register and confirm your participation, please click here on or before November 15, 2019.


CORINTHIA VILLA HOTEL (8 mins. drive to the Conference venue)
Reservations: Call +234 034 386 17 | +234 90 818 794 88
The Hotel is offering delegates an exclusive (50% discount) low price room rate of $70 USD per night. This is on a first come, first served basis – must book while rooms are available.

For more information email or contact

Emem Omokaro PhD
Co-chair SGA Africa Dave Omokaro Foundation
Ms. Roseline Kihumba
Co-chair SGA Africa HelpAge International
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