Expert Group Meeting on Global ageing and the data revolution

EGM on Ageing in New York, July 2015

7-9 July 2015, United Nations Headquarters

Population ageing has profound implications for many facets of human life. An ageing population will affect everything from economies, labor markets to health and social care. This prospect requires a better understanding of the implications and possibilities posed by population ageing as well as the situation of older persons themselves. While the older population is growing at an accelerated speed, many gaps in ageing related statistics and data exist, affecting the ability to develop targeted policies and programmes that address ageing related challenges.

Recently, demand for evidence based data and statistics on older persons has been generated by the negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. In order to implement a comprehensive Post-2015 Development Agenda, efforts to define a strategic framework for statistics under the socalled ‘transformative agenda for statistics’, point at integrating and broadening the scope of statistics and data collection. The agenda introduces innovations to incorporate non-traditional sources that so far have not been utilized in official statistics. These developments provide an opportunity for addressing the gaps and needs posed by ageing.

In this context, the Focal Point on Ageing is organizing an Expert Group Meeting on “Global ageing and the data revolution – the way forward in the post-2015 environment” in New York on 7-9 July 2015. The meeting aims at exploring how and which new and non-traditional data sources can support the policy and programme development on ageing issues. The outcome of the EGM seeks responds to the need for sound ageing related statistics and data as well as the needs that will arise from the targets contained in the Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 environment.

Draft Agenda
Concept Note
Report of the Meeting

Background Documents


Session I

The data revolution: opportunities and challenges

The data revolution: opportunities and challenges

Ms. Francesca Perucci, Chief, Statistical Services Branch, Statistics Division, DESA

Session II

The Sustainable Development Goals from an older person perspective: the data challenge

The Post-2015 Process and the Sustainable Development Agenda

Mr Paul Ladd, Senior Policy Adviser and Lead Author, Post-2015 and Sustainable Development Goals, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP

Reflecting human rights issues in indicators

Ms. Grace Sanico Steffan – OHCHR, via videoconference

Session III

National and regional examples of data collection efforts on ageing issues

Efforts of the Philippine Statistical System (PSS) in Compiling Statistics on Population Ageing

Ms Lina V. Castro, Interim Deputy National Statistician, Censuses and Technical Coordination Office, Philippines

Toward an ‘evidence revolution’ on ageing in Kenya: initiative, implications for SDG data revolution

Ms Isabella Aboderin, Senior Research Scientist, Head, Aging and Development Program, African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Nairobi, Kenya

Aging Research in the Arab Region
Data Sources: Challenges and Opportunities

Ms Abla Mehio Sibai, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health

Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

Session IV

Global Age Watch Index and the Active Ageing Index

Measuring progress on ageing for the SDGS with the Global AgeWatch Index

Ms Sylvia Beales, Head of Strategic Alliance, HelpAge International

Active Ageing Index 2014
A Legacy of  the 2012 European Year for
Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations

Mr. Asghar Zaidi, Professor in International Social Policy, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Session V

E-participation: Enhancing data collection, policy making and monitoring through crowdsourcing

Data & the Ageing Revolution

Ms Julia Glidden, Founder & President @ 21c Consultancy Ltd

Session VI

Collecting new and non-traditional data and accountability mechanisms from older persons

Using Qualitative Data to Develop Quantitative study Designed to Influence aging Policy

Ms Lynda Flowers, JD, MSN, RN, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, Public Policy Institute (PPI), AARD, Washington, USA

Session VII:

Group discussions: Opportunities and challenges of the data revolution vis-à-vis the ageing agenda in a post-2015 environment

Session VIII:

Recommendations for harnessing the data revolution to develop age-friendly policy and programme development post-2015