Working together to improve lives of older people their families and communities

22 September 2022, Geneva – Today, we are proud to announce the Healthy Ageing Collaborative, a multisectoral and multistakeholder network to advance implementation of the United Nations (UN) Decade of Healthy Ageing (2021–2030).

“To realise the promise of the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing, governments, non-government organisations, business associations, philanthropic foundations and universities must work together. I invite all entities working internationally to join so we can work together to add years to life, and life to years,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General at the launch of the Healthy Ageing Collaborative during a UN General Assembly side event.

The Collaborative provides a new opportunity for State and non-State actors to work together, leveraging their respective strengths to address pressing issues that affect the lives of older people, their families, and communities. The Collaborative will raise awareness, strengthen international coordination on healthy ageing, support national level implementation while recognising the role of older persons, ensuring their meaningful engagement and the application of human rights-based approaches.

Members of the Collaborative, aligned on aims and principles and willing to learn from each other, will prioritise issues that will be addressed in working groups. Collaborative action will contribute to the progressive realisation of the rights of all older people everywhere to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health and harness the social and economic opportunities that population ageing provides.

Membership

The Healthy Ageing Collaborative is open to representatives from:

  • Inter-governmental organizations;
  • Government agencies/entities;
  • Non-governmental organizations including Older People’s Associations;
  • Academic institutions;
  • Private sector entities through regional or international business associations;
  • Philanthropic foundations.

How to apply

All requests for Membership from State and non-State actors working internationally (in two or more countries) can be made online on the Decade Platform here.

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