We worked hard to ensure that ageing and older women and men were included in the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN in September. Our lobbying paid off and older people are included directly or by implication in 15 of the 17 goals. This significant achievement reinforces our position that human rights do not diminish with age.
We are pleased to report a record income of £29.1 million, a sign that governments and other agencies are responding to our influence and recognising that we deliver high-quality, good value programmes.
We would like to say heartfelt thanks to all our staff, donors, network members, partners and the older people we work with for helping us to exceed the majority of the targets we set ourselves five years ago.
We now look forward to our new five-year strategy to 2020, summed up by the four statements illustrated on the poster overleaf. With the proportion of people over 60 projected to grow in almost every country in the world, our work towards a world in which everyone can lead dignified, healthy and secure lives whatever their age is more important than ever.
Finally, I would like sincerely thank Cindy Cox Roman, our hugely generous and energetic Chair, who was succeeded by Arun Maira in November 2015.