The time to act is now. This message and plea to world leaders sounded loud and clear during an intense UN high-level week that brought together the international community to address critical challenges of our time. Our joint quest to reach the global goals by 2030 along with climate action, universal health coverage, financing sustainable development and addressing the dire challenges of small island nations were the burning issues addressed.
Everyone deserves to live with dignity and respect. Yet, this right is anything but guaranteed as we grow older. People’s experiences later in life can differ dramatically, depending on their country of residence, social status, disability and other factors. These inequalities are often the result of poverty, maltreatment, neglect and limited access to basic services throughout a person’s life. And without targeted interventions, inequalities often deepen in old age.