Since its inception in 2014, the action/2015 movement has grown from 50 organisations in 60 countries, to around 2,200 organisations in 157 countries. Throughout 2015, campaigners have taken around 31 million actions. It has been the biggest global movement of its kind!
HelpAge and its partners have campaigned non-stop with action/2015 to raise awareness of the impact that the Sustainable Development Goals and the COP21 climate change agreement will have on us all. And what an amazing year it has been!
Our partners in Bangladesh, Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Kenya, Malawi, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe helped make sure governments committed to truly "leave no-one behind".
Looking back over the year, Campaigns Assistant Beth Howgate looks at how working with action/2015, we helped give a voice to older people.
Our action/2015 highlights
COP21 climate march
- In Bangladesh, HelpAge partnered with World Vision to mobilise around 440,000 people in their local climate march
- Campaigners from Ageing Nepal paraglided with COP21 banners, and organised a clean-up of the river Bagmati
- In Bolivia, older students of the Municipal University and members of the OP National Association marched to the top of Mount Pampalarama to highlight the impact of climate change on the glaciers
- UN Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of all Human Rights by Older Persons, Rosita Kornfeld-Matte told the Huffington Post about the need to consider the rights of older people in climate change discussions.
Light the Way
- The HelpAge London team joined hundreds of others on Millennium Bridge. We also mobilised in New York as the Mayor of the city declared 24 September "Under One Sky" day
- Campaigners from the Vietnam Association of the Elderly held a candle light vigil
- Older campaigner from Kenya, Esther Wamera told the Huffington Post about the inequality older people face throughout the world.
Financing for Development
- Older campaigners met with the then UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his then Special Advisor on post-2015 development, Amina J Mohammed
- Campaigners met record breaking Ethiopian athlete Haile Gebreselassie who joined the #ActionAllAges campaign
- Campaigners in London dressed up to ask leaders not to "duck" their responsibilities.
Action All Ages Day
HelpAge led Action All Ages day on 22 May where we launched a message of support from Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Archbishop Tutu reinforced our call for people of all ages to be recognised in the Sustainable Development Goals.
Other Action All Ages Day actions
- Older campaigner from Kenya, Mama Rhoda Ngima was interviewed by international broadcaster Deutsche Welle
- In Thailand, our partner FOPDEV hosted an intergenerational workshop: younger people experienced what it might like to be older and older people learned about social media.
- HelpAge Kenya partnered with the Organisation of African Youth to develop an intergenerational campaign and worked with famous Kenyan musicians to come up with a campaign song for the movement.
What you can do for action/2015
- Keep sharing your posts and messages on social media with #action2015 and #ActionAllAges to ensure leaders "leave no one behind" now and in the future
- Sign up to our Age Demands Action eNewsletter for updates on all our campaigning activities.