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The Decade of Healthy Ageing: a brand new UN-wide initiative

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The United Nations General Assembly immediately declared 2021-2030 the Decade of Healthy Ageing.

“Today’s announcement of the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing sends a clear signal that it is only by working as one, within the United Nations system and with governments, civil society and the private sector, that we will be able to not only add years to life, but also life to years,” stated Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, in response to immediately’s improvement.

“By adopting a UN-wide approach in support of healthy ageing, we will be able to galvanize international action to improve the lives of older people, their families and communities, both during the COVID-19 pandemic, and beyond,” added Dr Etienne Krug, Director of the Department of Social Determinants of Health at WHO.

Health is central to our expertise of older age and the alternatives that ageing brings. Initiatives undertaken as a part of the Decade will search to: change how we expect, really feel and act in the direction of age and ageing; facilitate the flexibility of older folks to take part in and contribute to their communities and society; ship built-in care and first well being companies which might be conscious of the wants of the person; and supply entry to long-term take care of older individuals who want it.

The UN Resolution, which follows current endorsement of the Decade by the World Health Assembly, expresses concern that, regardless of the predictability of inhabitants ageing and its accelerating tempo, the world is just not sufficiently ready to answer the rights and wishes of older folks. It acknowledges that the ageing of the inhabitants impacts our well being techniques but additionally many different points of society, together with labour and monetary markets and the demand for items and companies, akin to schooling, housing, long-term care, social safety and data. It thus requires a whole-of-society method.

The Resolution additionally calls upon the World Health Organization to steer the implementation of the Decade, in collaboration with the opposite UN organizations. Governments, worldwide and regional organizations, civil society, the personal sector, academia and the media are inspired to actively assist the Decade’s targets.

“Today’s announcement is the culmination of many years of collaboration with partners across the world,” said Alana Officer, who leads WHO’s Demographic Change and Healthy Ageing team. “But it also represents a new beginning. If we are to be successful in delivering the change envisaged under the Decade, we need new ways of working”.

WHO and UN partners are seeking inputs from all interested stakeholders to help build a collaborative Platform the place all information on ageing could be accessed, shared, and produced in a single place  ̶  by anybody, wherever on this planet.  

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