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Helen Hamlin, at the UNITED NATIONS in New York.

Helen Hamlin at the UN in New York.

Sustainable development goals for all ages .  .  . dare we dream?

Although the Chief Executive Officer of HelpAge International wrote this blog, it is essential to note that Gray Panthers, through the efforts of Jack Kupferman, Frances Zainoeddin, Caroline Bernal Silva and Lobi Redhawk, is one of the core advocacy groups leading the Stakeholder Group of the Ageing Community for the post-2015 Global Development Agenda. The Gray Panthers delegation on this initiative, led by Jack Kupferman, has been a key player at every stage of advocacy.  There has been enormous progress. Yet, the end is not in sight. 

Our joint goal is to ensure the explicit inclusion of the concerns of older persons in the Sustainable Development Goals, scheduled to begin in 2015.  Global discussions and decisions are happening now. When the world came together to establish the first set of global goals (Millennium Development Goals which began in 2000) there was zero mention of older persons.  We want to make sure that omission does not happen again. 

 When Toby Porter speaks of advocacy in New York, he is aware that Gray Panthers works closely with many organizations with greater resources.  Gray Panthers leads by arranging and attending visits with diplomats from many nations, by drafting easy to understand language appreciated by the UN and by Member States so that the concerns of older persons might be easily incorporated into the Sustainable Development Goals, by strategizing with the core stakeholder group for the Ageing Community, by establishing personal links for further success, by being visible by speaking up at the innumerable meetings on the post-2015 Development Agenda, by taking advantage of momentary opportunity to persuade, and more.

 We have much to be proud of.  With hesitancy, we may be able to count accomplishments for the improvement of the quality of life for 800 million older persons and all those who are ageing. There is much more to do. We count on all Gray Panthers, and those of every generation to support these important efforts.


Community activist Ann A. Stewart, seated, attends a Massachusetts Senior Action Council chapter meeting. Ms. Stewart, 89, was arrested in Boston for participating in a street protest over the doubling of fares for a local paratransit service. Credit Mylan Cannon/The New York Times

"Gray Panthers in the news.  Let this article be a "Call to Action" for us.  We can accomplish so much, when we all work together." - Jack Kupferman, Convener.

As Living Standards Fall for Seniors, Some See Signs of ‘Silver Revolution’ - NYT

In 1970, Maggie Kuhn founded the Gray Panthers to combat age discrimination and establish an intergenerational coalition for social justice. Her longtime employer, the United Presbyterian Church, had forced Ms. Kuhn to retire at 65. In 1986, after sustained pressure from the Gray Panthers and other advocates, President Ronald W. Reagan, then 75, joined with the 73-year-old speaker of the House, Thomas P. O’Neill Jr., to abolish the mandatory retirement age. Ms. Kuhn, who traded barbs with Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show,” became a pop culture figure; at the height of the Gray Panthers’ power in the early 1980s, the organization had roughly 60,000 financial contributors.

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Side event for the CSW58: Women’s Participation in Building Bridges and a Culture of Peace

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Co-Sponsored by the Permanent Mission of El Salvador to the United Nations, The Engr. Aja Eze Foundation, Clamor Por New York and Gray Panthers

Wednesday, 19th March 2014
Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium, United Nations Head Quarters, New York

H.E.Carlos Enrique Garcia Gonzalez
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the United Nations

Nancy P Kamel
US National Commissioner for UNESCO, United Nations Main Representative  for Vital Voices Global Partnership

Dr Luis  Emilio Paniagua
President , Clamor Por New York

Moderated by Ugoji Adanma Eze, Esq,   President/CEO Engr. Aja Eze Foundation

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“How We Age in the The 21st Century:
Is 70 Really the New 50?”
Ageism is defined as prejudice or discrimination against older people because of their age. It is one of the primary social problems affecting the second half of life.

Thursday, March 20th, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House 331 East 70th Street (between 1st & 2nd)

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Feminist Declaration for Post 2015

Gray Panthers is proud to be a signatory to this important document, as part of Gray Panthers' advocacy efforts at the United Nations regarding the planning for the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals.  

Feminist Declaration for Post 2015 - English
Feminist Declaration for Post 2015 - French
Feminist Declaration for Post 2015 - Spanish
Feminist Declaration for Post 2015 - Chinese
Feminist Declaration for Post 2015 - Russian

Gray Panthers Testimony - Pedestrian Safety for Seniors

On Monday February 24, 2014, Adele Bender and Antoinette Emers represented Gray Panthers at the City Council hearing on Vision Zero.  Below is a link to the testimony we developed for Adele's two minute statement.

Our collaboration with Transportation Alternatives is taking shape.  We have much more to do.  Can you bring other resources to this initiative? 

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Joint Statement: HUMAN RIGHTS FOR ALL POST-2015

The Gray Panthers joins in the endorsement of following statement for Human Rights for All, Post 2015.

“Human rights have surged to the forefront of the debate about what will succeed the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. As human rights and social justice organizations worldwide, we feel compelled to lay out some of the baseline implications of embedding human rights into the core of the sustainable development agenda this time around."

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