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AARP - UN Briefing Series


2020 AARP UN Briefing Luncheon

This high-level meeting held during the 58th session of the UN Commission for Social Development is a moderated conversation on the preliminary findings of global discussions with private sector leaders and knowledge partners conducted by AARP, World Economic Forum, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on inclusive multigenerational workforce practices and the business case for an age diverse workforce.

Speakers include senior officials from the United Nations and private sector. The objective is to explore the public sector’s role in creating a policy environment that creates and invests in an age diverse and inclusive workforce ecosystem for all.



1:00 p.m.      Seated Lunch networking

1:30 p.m.      Welcoming Remarks
                           Jean Accius, Senior Vice President, Global Thought Leadership

1:35 p.m.      Opening remarks

Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO, AARP

1:43 p.m.      Keynote Address

Hon. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President, UN General Assembly 74th session


1:53 p.m.      The Business Case for an Age Diverse Workforce
                           Peter Rundlet, Vice President, AARP International
1:55 p.m.      Stakeholder Discussion

Dimitra Manis EVP/Chief People Officer, S&P Global 

Frank Cooper Chief Marketing Officer, BlackRock

Haig Nalbantian Senior Partner, Mercer  

Moderator: Lauren Young,  Special Projects Editor, Reuters

2:45 p.m.      Questions & Answers 

2:55 p.m.      Closing Remarks

                               Amal Abou Rafeh, Chief, Programme On Ageing, UN DESA

3:00 p.m.      Adjourn


2019 AARP-UN Briefing Luncheon

  • United Nations Headquarters, New York
  • Mon, Mar 11 - Mon, Mar 11

AARP and the United Nations Programme on Ageing Unit (DESA) hosted the 12th Annual AARP-UN Briefing Luncheon on the theme of "Why it Matters: Social Protection for Older Women" on Monday, March 11, 2019. The luncheon was held during the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. 


1:00 p.m.      Seated Lunch networking

1:30 p.m.      Welcoming Remarks
                      Aimee Carter, Vice President, AARP International

1:33 p.m.      Opening Remarks

                      Dr. Debra Whitman, Ph.D., Chief Public Policy Officer, AARP                    

1:43 p.m.      Keynote Address

Hon. Kwabena Osei-Danquah, Chef de Cabinet to the President of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly

1:50 p.m.      Stakeholder Discussion

Justin Derbyshire, CEO, HelpAge International

Christine Berhrendt, Head of Policy, Social Protection, ILO  

Andrew Gilmour, Assistant Secretary General, OHCHR

Cindy Hounsell, JD, President, WISER

Moderator: Raj Kumar, CEO, DEVEX

2:35 p.m.      Question and Answer Session

2:55 p.m.      Closing Remarks

Amal Abou RafehChief, UN Programme on Ageing, DESA

3:00 p.m.      Adjourn



  • United Nations Headquarters
  • Tue, Jan 30 - Tue, Jan 30

On January 30, 2018, AARP, the United Nations Focal Point on Ageing (DESA), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hosted a luncheon briefing and an evening reception with a focus on poverty eradication. 

This year’s event was held during the 56th session of the UN Commission for Social Development whose theme is “Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all.”

Contact Erica Dhar if you have any questions.  

Luncheon: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Evening Reception: 6:00pm - 8:00pm


1:00 p.m.              Seated Lunch networking

1:30 p.m.              Welcoming Remarks

Beth Finkel, State Director, New York State Office, AARP

1:35 p.m.              Opening Remarks

Liu Zhenmin, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs

1:40 p.m.              Keynote Address

Lance RobertsonAssistant Secretary for Aging, Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services,

Government of the United States

1:50 p.m.              Stakeholder Discussion

José António Vieira da SilvaMinister of Solidarity, Employment and Social Security, Government of Portugal

Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President, AARP Foundation

Rosemary KalapurakalLead Advisor, 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, United Nations Development Programme

Moderated by Raj Kumar, Founding President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex

2:35 p.m.               Question and Answer Session

2:55 p.m.               Closing Remarks

Rosemary LaneUN Focal Point on Ageing, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

3:00 p.m.                Adjourn


Cocktail Reception – 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.                 MC: Erica Dhar, Director, Office of International Affairs, AARP

Welcome Remarks: Alicia Georges, President-Elect, Board of Directors, AARP

Video Presentation


Opening Remarks: Lance RobertsonAssistant Secretary for Aging, Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Government of the United States



8:00 p.m.               Reception concludes