Older people’s inclusion in the SDGs is essential to leave no one behind
At the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a promise to ‘leave no one behind’ and to reach the furthest behind first. This entails ensuring that every individual, including every older person, is included in development efforts.
Population ageing is one of the most significant dimensions of global demographic change, yet older people continue to face discrimination and exclusion as a result of their age, gender, disability or other characteristics. Societies must adapt their policies and services to respond to the changing age structure of their populations if they are to deliver the promises of the SDGs.
Our involvement in the SDGs
We engage with SDG process at the national, regional and global level to ensure they are met for people of all ages.
SDG Pilot Programme
The Stakeholder Group on Ageing
The SGA is a member of the UN’s Major Groups and Other Stakeholders mechanism, which coordinates global civil society engagement with the UN system around SDG implementation. The membership of the SGA is open to all organisations working in the field of ageing at global, regional and national levels.
In December 2019, colleagues from AGECO, HelpAge’s Costa Rican network member, and staff from the HelpAge Regional Office in EME, represented the SGA at a civil society workshop for countries submitting Voluntary National Reviews in 2020. Find more about the meetings and its outcomes.