HelpAge hosts UN Human Development Report event

29/07/2014

By Sarah Gillam

Today in London, HelpAge International and our UK Affiliate Age International are hosting Khalid Malik, author of the United Nations Development Programme's Humanitarian Development Report 2014 - Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience. Older man in Mauritius. (c) Jochem van de Weg The 2014 Human Development Report includes reducing vulnerabilites at all stages in life. (c) Jochem van de Weg

Mr Malik, Director of the UN Human Development Report Office, will present the report at our joint event in London.

This will be followed by keynote responses and a panel discussion with development experts.

Focus on reducing vulnerabilities at all ages

The UN Human Development Report focuses on reducing vulnerabilities at different life stages, including older age.

Toby Porter, HelpAge's Chief Executive says:

"HelpAge International welcomes the report’s recognition that populations are ageing rapidly in the poorest countries and demonstrates the value of putting in place universal social protection packages including pensions.

"We agree with the importance of international donors and governments working together to achieve this."

Toby Porter and Baroness Sally Greengross, Chief Executive of the International Longevity Centre - UK will give keynote responses to the report.

Chris Roles, Director of Age International, will chair a panel discussion involving experts on ageing and development, including Sir Richard Jolly who spearheaded the creation of the first ever UN Human Development Index.

Valuable contribution of older people

Chris Roles states:

"Older people make a valuable contribution to society and if adequately supported, this vital role can be even stronger.

"We fully support the United Nations Development Programme's call for universal social protection as healthy and productive older people can help boost the economy as a whole."

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