WHO - Decade of Healthy Ageing: take part in the consultation!

16 July 2019

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Populations around the world are ageing at a faster pace than in the past and this demographic transition will have an impact on almost all aspects of society. The world has united around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: all countries and all stakeholders pledged that no one will be left behind and determined to ensure that every human being can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment. A decade of concerted global action on Healthy Ageing is urgently needed. Already, there are more than 1 billion people aged 60 years or older, with most living in low- and middle-income countries. Many do not have access to even the basic resources necessary for a life of meaning and of dignity. Many others confront multiple barriers that prevent their full participation in society.

In 2016, 194 Countries adopted, at the World Health Assembly, a Global strategy and action plan on ageing and health (2016–2030).  Informed by the evidence in the World report on ageing and health (2015) and aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, the Strategy called for transformative change. Member States envisioned that change to be a world where people can live long and healthy lives. Governments realised that to achieve impact in countries we need a decade of concerted action on Healthy Ageing. For WHO, Healthy Ageing is defined as the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables well-being in older age.

Between 9 July and 15 August 2019, WHO and partners are seeking open input, comments, revisions, additions on the zero-draft proposal for the Decade of Healthy Ageing.

The consultation document is 20 pages (excluding annexes) and is divided into 4 sections:

  • Section 1: A new context needs concerted, sustained action
  • Section 2: Vision, added value and principles
  • Section 3: Action areas
  • Section 4: Partnering for change

For more information, visit the website of the WHO dedicated to the Decade of Healthy Ageing: https://www.who.int/ageing/decade-of-healthy-ageing