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Crowdsourcing proposals for post-2015 to feed into the intergovernmental process on SDGs
Overarching proposal
Individual goal
UNFPA and HelpAge International
Sector/Stakeholder Type:
Intergovernmental Organisation,NGO
Location of author:
United Kingdom, EUROPE
Date of publication:
Proposal :  Ageing In the 21st Century: A Celebration and a challenge

Summary : The world is growing old fast. In the next 10 years, the number of people over age 60 will surpass one billion.
Ageing in the Twenty-First Century: A Celebration and A Challenge, is a landmark report published by UNFPA and HelpAge.
It makes the case for governments, NGOs, global institutions, and civil society to fully commit to a concerted global effort to realign 21st century society to fit the realities of 21st century demographics.

As the international community prepares to chart a course for post-2015, it is essential to ensure that population ageing and the concerns of older persons are part of the process. In a rapidly ageing world, explicit development goals related to the older population, notably absent in the MDG framework, should be considered. These can be elaborated on the basis of the three priority directions of the Madrid Plan:

1) ensure that older persons are integrated into the development process and are poised to be an asset rather than a burden to society.

2) support healthy ageing and economic well-being in old age

3) promote enabling and supportive environments for older persons. It is imperative that ageing issues areincluded in national development frameworks andpoverty-reduction strategies in order to ensure a
“society for all ages”.

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