The United Nations (UN) Decade of Healthy Ageing is being implemented, and the WHO on Thursday unveiled the Healthy Ageing Collaborative, a multisectoral and multi-stakeholder network, to advance its implementation (2021–2030).
Governments, non-government organizations, industry groups, charitable foundations, and universities must collaborate in order to realize the potential of the UN Decade of Healthy Aging. At the opening of the Healthy Ageing Collaborative during a UN General Assembly side event, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, invited all organizations operating internationally to join so that we can work together to add years to life and life to years.
The Collaborative offers a fresh opportunity for State and non-State actors to collaborate, utilizing their unique capabilities to address urgent issues that have an impact on older people’s lives, as well as the lives of their family and communities. The Collaborative will promote healthy aging, improve global coordination, and assist national-level implementation while acknowledging the importance of older people and assuring their meaningful participation and the use of human rights-based initiatives.
Prioritizing issues for working groups will be done by Collaborative members who are eager to learn from one another and who share the same goals and guiding principles. Collaboration will help older people everywhere gradually realize their rights to the best possible level of health and take advantage of the social and economic opportunities that come with population aging.
According to the WHO, representatives from intergovernmental organizations, government agencies and entities, non-governmental organizations, including older people’s associations, academic institutions, private sector organizations through regional or international business associations, and philanthropic foundations are all eligible to join the Healthy Ageing Collaborative.