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120331 Global AgeWatch Policy Brief 1 mainstreaming ageing into the post 2015 process


120331 Global AgeWatch Policy Brief 1 mainstreaming ageing into the post 2015 process

120331 Global AgeWatch Policy Brief 1 mainstreaming ageing into the post 2015 process

Building “The future we want”– by strengthening the social, economic and environmental pillars of sustainable and equitable development – requires a focus on building the assets and tackling the vulnerabilities of all people across their life course. While the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) provide an important lens through which to deliver development aid, its focus on children and women of reproductive age obscures the full picture of population dynamics – which is most dramatic in terms of overall fertility decline and the rapid increase of the older age group in all regions of the world.

Key messages
• Ageing is a global megatrend affecting developing countries the fastest, but many lack the policies and frameworks to address the issues of their ageing populations.
• The post-2015 framework must develop and roll out an accountable, rights-based and age-inclusive policy framework that supports people across their life course, and across social, economic and environmental domains.
• The contributions of a socially and economically active, secure and healthy ageing population, alongside the requirement for policies providing active support, must be reflected in the outcomes of the post-2015 framework.