At the international level, Gray Panthers, which has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, participates in deliberations at the United Nations on a host of global issues, such as implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, rights of older persons, implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, status of women, human rights, social development, statistics, demographic issues, health, disabilities, disaster reduction, urbanization, migration, humanitarian crises, etc.
Gray Panthers is one of the co-founders of the Stakeholder Group on Ageing (SGA), which brings together global and national networks of organizations concerned with issues of ageing, representing 800 million older persons in all regions around the world. The SGA works to ensure the inclusion of ageing issues and participation of older persons in implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
Gray Panthers plays a key role in the preparation of SGA reports and statements on ageing issues that are submitted to the High Level Political Forum at the United Nations each year.
Gray Panthers represents the SGA in Action for Sustainable Development (A4SD), which is a platform that aims to make sure that civil society plays its rightful role at the centre of delivering a just and sustainable world to care for people and planet.
Gray Panthers, as a member of the NGO Committee on Ageing and the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People, also partners with other non-governmental organizations in advocating for a legally-binding international instrument to protect the rights of older persons.
Gray Panthers’ representatives to the United Nations are:
Jack Kupferman, President of Gray Panthers NYC
Michelle Arnot, Vice President of Gray Panthers NY
Sylvia Beales Gelber, Adviser
Frances Zainoeddin, Adviser