2019 UNIDOP Celebrates “The Journey to Age Equality”

IDOP 2019 SDG10

The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognize that development will only be achievable if it is inclusive of all ages. Empowering older persons in all dimensions of development, including promoting their active participation in the social, economic and political lives is one way to ensure their inclusiveness and reduce inequalities.

The 2019 theme is aligned with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 10 and will focus on pathways of coping with existing and preventing future old age inequality.  SDG 10 sets to reduce inequality within and among countries and aims to “ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome,” including through measures to eliminate discrimination, and to “empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.”

Often, disparities in old age reflect an accumulated disadvantage characterized by factors such as: location, gender, socio‐economic status, health, income etc. Between 2015 and 2030, the number of people aged 60 and over is expected to increase from 901 million to 1.4 billion- In this regard, trends of ageing and economic inequality interact across generations and rapid population ageing, demographic and societal or structural changes alone can exacerbate older age inequalities, thereby limiting economic growth and social cohesion.

The sub themes will focus on (i) the care sector- as a contributor of decent work(ii) lifelong learning and proactive and adaptive labour policies (iii) universal health coverage and (iv)social protective measures.


The objectives of the 2019 IDOP are:

  • To help draw attention to the existence of old age inequality, and how this often results from a cumulation of disadvantages throughout life -and highlight intergenerational risk of increased old age inequality.
  • To bring awareness to the urgency of coping with existing and preventing future old age inequality.
  • To explore societal and structural changes in view of life course policies: life-long learning, proactive and adaptive labour policies, social protection and universal health coverage.
  • To reflect on best practice, lessons and progress on the journey to ending older age inequality and changing negative narratives and stereotypes involving “older age”.

UNIDOP Commemoration in New York

The event was co-organized by the NGO Committee on Ageing, New York and UNDESA Programme on Ageing, and co-sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations, in collaboration with the Group of Friends of Older Persons. The event brought participants from NGOs, Member States, academia and civil society.

The commemorative event was held on Thursday, 10 October 2019 from 10 am to 1 pm in ECOSOC Chamber, UNHQ.

Remarks of the President of the Seventy Fourth Session of the UN General Assembly [ Written ] [ Video ]

Message from the UN Secretary-General António Guterres 

Photos of the celebration

Video of the celebration

Statements and Presentations

  • 7 Point Action – Presentation & Statement by Paul Ladd, Director, UN Research Institute for Social Development
  • The Longevity Agenda – Presentation by Andrew Scott, Professor of Economics at the London Business School
  • World Population Ageing 2019 Highlights – Presentation by Karoline Schmid, Chief, Fertility and Population Ageing Section, Population Division, DESA
  • Empowering Experience to Boost Prosperity for All Ages – Presentation by Elizabeth Isele, Founder/CEO, Global Institute for Experienced    Entrepreneurship (GIEE)
  • Empowering Older Persons through Basic Literary Class in Nepal – Presentation by Krishna Gautem, Director, Ageing Nepal
  • Decades of Healthy Ageing – Presentation by Alana Officer, Senior Health Adviser of the Ageing and Life Course Department, World Health Organization (WHO)

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UNIDOP Commemoration in Geneva

The NGO Committee on Ageing in collaboration WHO organized the launch of “the WHO Package of Tools on Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE)” on Tuesday 1 October 2019 at 12:00pm to 2:00pm at the Executive Board Room in WHO Headquarters, Geneva. For more information, click here.

UNIDOP Commemoration in Vienna

On the occasion of the UN International Day of Older Persons, the NGO Committee on Ageing in Vienna organized a symposium on Wednesday 2 October 2019 from 15:00 to 19:30 at the House of the European Union, Wipplingerstr. 35, 1010 Vienna. For more information, click here. 

Side Event on “The Official Launch of Inaugural Programme of the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity” 4 October, UNHQ, Conference Room 11

The recently established NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity launched its inaugural programme, under the auspices of the Permanent Mission of Argentina at the UN, on 4 October 2019 from 1:15pm to 2:30pm in Conference Room 11 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. For more information, click here.

Side Event on “Not Every Great Idea Comes Wrapped in a Hoodie- How Older Entrepreneurs are Helping to Shape the Tech Landscape” 9 October, Conference Room 8

On 9 October, DESA in collaboration with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), AARP and the Global Coalition on Aging held an event on “How Older Entrepreneurs are Helping to Shape the Tech Landscape.” The event discussed how older entrepreneurs develop leadership and problem-solving skills integral to promoting productivity. It showcased examples of older entrepreneurs in tech who shared their experiences and insights. The event featured an amazing line-up of speakers from the US Census Bureau; AARP Innovation Labs; Sing-fit; the Global Coalition on Aging; data scientists from Vytality Health; as well as legal experts from Blockchain and Legal Consulting. For more information, click here.

Video of the event

Side Event on “End Immunisation Inequality Toward Healthy Ageing” 11 October, UNHQ Conference Room 11

The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) in collaboration with DESA, organized an event on Older Adult Influenza Vaccinations.” IFA’s overarching objective in celebrating UNIDOP was to bring attention to the critical nature of a life-course approach to immunisation as part of the universal health care agenda for all, aligning with the SDGs and the WHO Decade of Healthy Ageing (2020-2030). The right for people of all ages to access and receive vaccinations pertinent to their health is essential in the pursuit of universal health care. The event aimed to catalyse crucial dialogue with key influencers to contribute to changing the conversation about the social and economic contributions of older people. For more information, click here.

Dine in the Dark at the United Nations, 23 October, UNHQ South Dining Room

Under the auspices of Antigua and Barbuda, the Global Coalition on Aging, in collaboration with DESA, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), the National Council for the Blind Ireland (NCBI) and Lighthouse Guild are holding a “Dine in the Dark at the United Nations” dinner. Inspired by the successful Dine in the Dark at the European Parliament in 2018, this event will allow guests to participate in a sit-down meal while blindfolded to simulate the everyday experiences of those with vision loss. The event will feature the cooking of influencer blind celebrity MasterChef sensation Ms. Christine Hà. For more information click here. To register click here.

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