121022 Building a future for all ages Creating an age inclusive post 2015 dev agenda

121022 Building a future for all ages Creating an age inclusive post 2015 development agenda

As the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are set to expire in 2015, there is growing recognition that the post-2015 development agenda needs to respond more to shifting global demographics and population ageing. This discussion paper introduces some key issues and sets initial recommendations to achieving a rights-based, age-inclusive post-2015 development agenda.

By 2030, there will be more people over 60 than children under 10; and 73 per cent of the world’s older population will be living in developing countries.2 In order to respond to global population ageing, goals, targets and indicators should respond to all stages of the life course. Age-inclusive goals that are based on explicit human rights standards are needed to promote and improve quality of life for all:

  • Promote both life expectancy and healthy life expectancy as key measures of human development.
  • Ensure access to income for all ages through the adoption of a social protection floor and ensuring access to work and livelihood opportunities.
  • Build the resilience of people all ages through national and community risk management systems.
  • Ensure equitable progress of the post-2015 development agenda through inclusion of sex and age-disaggregated data in measuring future indicators.