WHO Decade of Ageing 2020-2030 Adopted by World Health Assembly

The WHO Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-2030 was officially been adopted by the 73rd World Health Assembly on 3 August 2020. SIFAR has been involved in drafting this programme since 2017.

What is the Decade of Healthy Ageing?

The Decade of Healthy Ageing (2020-2030) is an opportunity to bring together governments, civil society, international agencies, professionals, academia, the media, and the private sector for ten years of concerted, catalytic and collaborative action to improve the lives of older people, their families, and the communities in which they live.

Populations around the world are ageing at a faster pace than in the past and this demographic transition will have an impact on almost all aspects of society. The world has united around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: all countries and all stakeholders pledged that no one will be left behind and determined to ensure that every human being can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment.

A decade of concerted global action on Healthy Ageing is urgently needed. Already, there are more than 1 billion people aged 60 years or older, with most living in low- and middle-income countries. Many do not have access to even the basic resources necessary for a life of meaning and of dignity. Many others confront multiple barriers that prevent their full participation in society.

To read more about the Decade of Healthy Ageing visit the programme website here