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From the 17th - 20th October 2016, ILC Brazil participated in the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (UN Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador.

The conference successfully concluded with the adoption of the New Urban Agenda. At the conference we discussed the big challenges that cities will be facing in the future and how this New Urban Agenda can orientate countries and cities towards a sustainable urbanisation for the next 20 years.

The conference counted with the participation of more than 30.000 people from 167 countries. During the four days of the event almost 1000 different events were held. Among them, roundtable discussions and special sessions which specifically addressed population ageing and the challenges arising from it.

The Older Persons Partner Constituent Group, which defends older persons’ human rights in the discussions, organised a roundtable with participation of representatives from HelpAge International and the Global Alliance of ILCs. The representatives also actively participated in sessions on mobility, the rights of persons with disabilities, urban spaces and inclusive cities in which they drew attention to the fact that especially developing countries are experiencing rapid population ageing and that this results in new challenges for cities.

During the concluding high-level plenary session, Katherine Kline, co-chair of the Older Persons Partner Constituent Group delivered a statement on older persons’ human rights in the context of urbanisation, which was drafted by representatives of AARP, the NGO Ageing Committee Geneva, HelpAge International and ILC-Brazil. The two co-chairs of the Group also met with Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the UN, and had a chance to share their experience in representing older persons’ rights in the process leading to UN Habitat III with him.

Photo credit: UN Habitat

Photo credit: UN Habitat

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On March 18th, Alexandre Kalache, President of ILC-Brazil participated as inspirational speaker in Shell’s LiveWIRE weekend for young entrepreneurs. At the event, he highlighted the importance of the longevity revolution and the impact population ageing will have on their business ideas as well as their lives.

On March 15th, Alexandre Kalache delivered the keynote of the event “Longevity – impact on the private sector” organized by the American Chamber of Commerce for Brazil (Amcham-Brasil).

In the context of the third review cycle of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA), ILC-Brazil contributed, together with InterAge Consultancy in Gerontology, to a global project on the “Voices of Older People”, led by HelpAge International and UNFPA.

Three University of Tokyo undergraduates, who were in New York in mid-February to participate in the UN Commission on Social Development 55th session, called on Ms. Muriel Beach, ILC Global Alliance’s representative to the UN, to exchange views and perspectives on global aging and intergenerational relations. Their student volunteer program at the UN was recommended by the ILC Japan and coordinated by the ILC GA’s New York team.

India is fast moving towards a cashless and digital economy. The use of the mobile phone/cell is increasing rapidly and with a view to making its usage, elder-friendly, this training programme was organised.

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