Older persons have been among the first and hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. In many respects the pandemic could be viewed as a test of how prepared/or not Member States are for the rapidly ageing society.
Pandemics disrupt and have the potential to drive change. Only a whole-of-society, whole-of-government approach can respond effectively to the dynamic challenges of this time.
In his report, the UN Secretary-General presented new research on how longevity has the power to transform labour markets, economies and societies. The recently released WHO Global Report on Ageism shows that one in two people hold ageist attitudes towards older people.
This side event will focus on: Health and Long Term Care, Economic Development and Work and Technology in ageist environment during the pandemic
Welcome: Ms. Erica Dhar, Co-Chair, Stakeholder Group on Ageing
Keynote address: Prof. Andrew Scott, Professor of Economics, London Business School
Panel moderator: Dr. Jane Barratt, Secretary General, International Federation on Ageing
5 Minute Lightning Round Interventions
H.E. Ms. Barbro Westerholm, Member of Parliament, Sweden
Dr. Ad van Berlo, Chief Executive Officer and R&D Manager, Smart Homes
Ms. Aura Sevilla, Programme Consultant for South East Asia and Older Workers, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)
Ms. Grace Chan, Business Director, Hong Kong Council of Social Service
Closing remarks: Ms. Amal Abou Rafeh, Chief of the Programme on Ageing Unit, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)
This event will be available at no cost and a recording will be available following the live event.
For more information regarding the programme and speaker biographies please visit https://ifa.ngo/driving-our-agenda/united-nations/