25th International Day of Older Persons: Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment
The NGO Committee on Ageing in New York in partnership with United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Focal Point on Ageing organised an event at the ECOSOC Chamber in UNHQ on 15 October 2015 entitled “Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment.” The event included a keynote video message from Mr. Joan Clos, Executive Director of UNHABITAT and was followed by a panel discussion on “Key Components for Age Inclusiveness in Urban Environments.” During the event, DESA Population Department delivered a presentation on its recently launched “Highlights on World Population Ageing 2015 Report.” The event concluded with updates from the Chair of the General Assembly’s Open-ended Working Group on Ageing on recent developments in protecting and promoting the rights of older persons. A final surprise in the event was the launching of a video prepared by the Focal Point on Ageing “Change the Way You Think About Age: Centenarians Answer the Right Questions.”
Report of the Secretary-General to the 70th session of the General Assembly
The most recent report of the Secretary-General entitled “Follow-up to the International Year of Older Persons: Second World Assembly on Ageing” (A/70/185) has been issued and is available in all official languages of the United Nations. The report provides an analysis of how the existing agenda for ageing and older persons fits within the framework of the post-2015 development agenda, including the
sustainable development goals. It focuses on six issues that have direct relevance to the post-2015 development agenda from an older person’s perspective: poverty, health, gender equality, employment and decent work, inclusive cities and environmental emergencies. The report also provides updated information on recent developments on ageing from the regional commissions. The report concludes with recommendations for ensuring that no older person is left behind in the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.
Expert Group Meeting on “Global ageing and the data revolution: the way forward in the post-2015 environment”
The Focal Point on Ageing is organised an Expert Group Meeting on “Global ageing and the data revolution – the way forward in the post-2015 environment” in New York from 7 to 9 July 2015. The meeting aimed at exploring how and which new and non-traditional data sources can support the policy and programme development on ageing issues. The EGM also addressed the need for sound ageing related statistics and data as well as other needs that will arise from the targets contained in the Sustainable Development Goals and the post-2015 environment.
Sixth working session of the General Assembly’s Open-ended Working Group on Ageing
The General Assembly held its sixth session of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing to continue deliberations for the purpose of strengthening the protection of the human rights of older persons. The session was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 14 to 16 July 2015.