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Interactive Dialogue with WHO Director General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

4 November 2020 @ 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM EST

It is a pleasure to invite you to participate in an interactive civil society dialogue with WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on 4 November 2020 with the theme Strengthening connections across sectors: Building partnerships for healthy ageing in and beyond the COVID-19 era.
Older people and those with underlying health conditions are facing the most significant risks from COVID-19, yet neither are they invisible or powerless. In this space of both tragedy and opportunity CSOs working with these groups are the glue of solidarity globally, nationally, locally and at the community level. WHO leadership has a pivotal role to play in reinforcing the need for strategic action across WHO Departments and offices, with a common goal of improving the health (in the broadest sense) and well being of older people, and protecting their rights, during and living with the impact of the pandemic.


Jane Barratt, International Federation on Ageing
Voice of older people in COVID-19:  Maciej Kucharczyk, AGE Platform Europe
Enabling age-friendly environments, including measuring their impact:  Grace Chan, Hong Kong Council of Social Services
Vaccination to older adults and those with underlying conditions:  Michael Moore, World Federation Public Health Associations
Regulated home-based and residential / institutional long-term care and support:  Isabella Aboderin, International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG),
African Region
Including older people in all NCDs (including mental health) data and responses:  Justin Derbyshire, HelpAge International
Humanizing loss, grief, bereavement, and the last days of life: Alexandre Kalache, International Longevity Centre, Brazil
Organized by the International Federation on Ageing, HelpAge International, ILC Brazil and the NGO Committee on Ageing, Geneva and supported by many organizations, this interactive session forms part of the series of Civil Society-WHO Director General dialogues being organized on different topics of interest for the civil society, related to the COVID-19 response.
Join this innovative program of lightning talks on technical and systemic issues, good practice and concrete action which we believe will support a stronger focus on healthy ageing at global, regional, national and community levels.
Date and Time:
Wednesday 4 November 2020
8:00–9:30am (EST – New York) | 2:00-3:30pm (CET – Geneva)


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-New York, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit