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Your monthly UN Decade of Healthy Ageing update

Welcome to your monthly UN Decade of Healthy Ageing update! In this newsletter, find out more about:
  • Relevant initiatives and commemoration days in December
  • COP26 and the connections between climate change and healthy ageing
  • WHO's Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE) approach
  • The International Federation on Ageing's 15th Global Conference and how you can catch up
  • The conclusion of the Ageism through the ages initiative

Happening in December...

Stay updated with events on the Decade Platform

COP26: The connections between climate change and healthy ageing

There is no healthy ageing without a healthy planet. The next ten years will be critical for people in the second half of life now and in the future.

The 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) took place from 31 October to 12 November 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. For the first time, WHO co-convened a COP Health Programme and launched a special report on climate change and health.

The UN Decade of Healthy Ageing offers a new opportunity for actions that can contribute to climate change adaptation, mitigation and resilience; increasing the visibility of older people within political processes; and advocating for healthy ageing among communities most affected by climate change.

Coming Soon: Decade Connection Series Advocacy Brief #3 on ‘The Decade in a Climate Changing World’.
Find out more about the Decade Connection Series
Read WHO's special report on climate change and health

WHO's Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE) approach

One of the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing’s action areas is delivering person-centred integrated care and primary health services responsive to older people. In response to this call, WHO is continuing to support countries to implement the Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE) approach, which is now in the pilot phase.
The approach calls for a shift in the way we provide care by treating people not as a collection of diseases and conditions to be addressed separately, but as a whole person with needs, values, and ambitions.
WHO’s Clinical Consortium for Healthy Ageing gathers global experts annually to review progress on the implementation of ICOPE. The latest meeting was held on 3-4 November 2021. Annual reports are made available here.
What is person-centred, integrated care?
Find out more about ICOPE

Catch up on the International Federation on Ageing’s 15th Global Conference

The International Federation on Ageing held its 15th Global Conference on Ageing between 9-11 November 2021. The conference had an exciting programme structured entirely around the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing’s plan of action and framework, including the four Decade action areas.
For those who were unable to attend the conference virtually or in person, the Decade’s official Twitter account live tweeted key messages and related resources from parts of the programme. Access them below to catch up on the conversations:
Follow the Decade on Twitter
Explore the Decade Platform

Ageism through the ages: the global movement to create #AWorld4AllAges continues

The Ageism through the ages initiative organised by the Global Campaign to Combat Ageism recently concluded on World Children’s Day, 20 November 2021.

Over 1.5 months, the initiative brought together change makers from across the world to highlight the impacts of ageism on people of all ages as well as the transformations that are possible if we work together to create #AWorld4AllAges.

We’re thankful to everyone who participated to make Ageism through the ages a success. The global movement to combat ageism is just beginning and we’re excited to keeping moving forward, together!
Find out more about what we achieved together
Access the Global Campaign to Combat Ageism's resources, social media assets, and more
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