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From victims to game changers: older people can transform disaster risk reduction

13 June 2017

The world is changing rapidly. Global warming has seen a rise in temperature of about 0.8 C in the past century, leading to greater environmental and climatic risks. This is a threat to life and livelihoods, warned a report by... Keep reading

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Putting age on the disability agenda

03 May 2016

Last week I was delighted to represent HelpAge International at the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) general assembly to discuss how people with disabilities may face additional discrimination on the basis of age and gender. I Keep reading

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Older people included in Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, but more needs to be done

20 March 2015

As a leader in the NGO Committee on Ageing at the United Nations in New York, I am honoured to have received a scholarship from the United Nations specifically to assure that the concerns of older people would be... Keep reading

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World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction: A new framework to include older people?

18 March 2015

A delegation from HelpAge International, the Network on Ageing in the USA and Ms Lina and Ms Annie from Ormoc in the Philippines, launched the first Disaster and Age Risk Index today. The report was unveiled by Annie who untied... Keep reading (1 Comment)

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Ibasho Caf: A space for older people

16 March 2015

On Saturday, I travelled to Ofunto, four hours north of Sendai, the Japanese city which is hosting the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. The bus took us past rice paddies firmly closed for winter, houses with tiled roofs... Keep reading

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