- General Assembly of Partners Older Persons Partner Constituent Group
- Services Ecumenicos para Reconciliacion y Rconstruccion (S.E.R.R.), HelpAge International, Grassroots Sisterhood Foundation, Huairou Commission, International Longevity Centre, Canada, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council. Malaysian NGO (TBC)
Exploring the connections and intersections between the New Urban Agenda, SDG 11 and the age friendly cities movement, this side event will bring together a panel of global experts to discuss challenges, priorities and example initiatives that address the concerns of older persons living in urban environments. The session will provide practical examples of initiatives and implementation at the local level and invite audience members to contribute their ideas, opinions and experiences.
Urbanisation and population ageing are century defining demographic trends. Over 500 million urban residents are older people. Yet cities everywhere are failing to address the changes brought about by global population ageing with increasing inequality and insecurity. Physical, social and economic barriers prevent older people in particular from fully enjoying their rights and living in dignity and safety in cities.
The NUA and SDG 11 call for inclusive urbanisation that enables older persons to participate in planning and decision making, have access to safe and affordable public transportation and enjoy safe, inclusive and accessible green and public spaces. Together, these global frameworks provide opportunities for governments and other stakeholders at national, regional and city levels, to make clear and firm commitments to create inclusive cities for residents of all ages. However, there are also gaps in these international frameworks which must be addressed to ensure cities are fit for purpose for ageing urban populations. Change must go further, including well-designed public spaces, reducing air pollution, increasing investment in public transport, and ensuring older urban residents enjoy their full rights to humanitarian assistance.