social inclusion

IFA 15th Global Conference on Ageing: Rights Matter

The IFA is thrilled to announce that the 15th Global Conference on Ageing “Rights Matter” will be convened, for the first time, both virtually and in person in Niagara Falls, Canada from 10-12 November 2021, with pre-conference summits and master classes to be held on 9 November 2021.

Join together – in person or virtually – with industry leaders, speakers and engage in one-on-one interaction with other industry peers in Niagara Falls, Canada or from the comfort of a home office.

The IFA greatly looks forward to discussing, learning and connecting at the 15th Global Conference on Ageing regarding policies and practices that create an environment that will enable older people to do what they have reason to value.

Register now to join the community at the IFA 15th Global Conference on Ageing in 2021.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-NY, please visit  ngocoa-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.org.

The impact of the pandemic on the mental health of children & youth

The NGO Committee on Children’s Rights invites you to our October meeting in recognition of UN World Mental Health month. Register here!

Invited panel of experts:

  • Kira Herbert, Educator, Croton-Harmon UFSD, BS Education, MS Education, NYS Teacher of Excellence
  • Erlanger A. Turner, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist Pepperdine University

Moderator: Professor Roseanne Flores, Ph.D Dept. Psychology at Hunter College, NY & ECOSOC Representative, American Psychological Association (APA)

We’ll also hear the voices of school children and youth expressing their experiences during the pandemic. For questions or more information, please contact the Committee Secretary at marlena2173@gmail.com.

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CoNGO Notes: The NGO Committee on Children’s Rights-NY is a Substantive Committee of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations. For more information on the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, please email the vice chair at susanneseperson@gmail.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development, please visit ngosocdev.org.

The State of the World’s Children Report launch

Dear colleagues and partners,

Every year, UNICEF releases its flagship The State of the World’s Children global report, examining a key issue affecting children. These have ranged from children with disabilities, conflict and war, child labour, urbanization, early childhood development, and much more, making it the most comprehensive analysis of global trends that impact children.

This year, for the first time in UNICEF’s history, The State of the World’s Children will focus on child and adolescent mental health and well-being, reflecting a priority focus on mental health across UNICEF’s global programming, advocacy and communications. Growing awareness about the importance of mental health, the impact of COVID-19, and increased evidence on the value of optimizing mental health and developmental trajectories for children and adolescents, have combined to create fresh momentum and urgency around mental health of children, youth and caregivers.

The State of the World’s Children 2021 will present new data and trends on mental health, as well as perspectives from young people, and will help to strengthen UNICEF’s policy outreach and targeted advocacy at global, regional and national levels, as well as drive action and investment to protect and promote the mental health, well-being and development of children, young people, and their families.
The State of the World’s Children 2021 report will be available here on October 5th 00/01 GMT.

Key themes will include:

  • Mental health is central to children’s health and overall well-being: As Brock Chisholm, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) first Director-General, stated, “Without mental health there can be no true physical health.”
  • Mental health is a continuum: Everyone sits somewhere on the mental health continuum, and many, if not most, people move along it at some stage – from experiencing good mental health to anything from short-term distress to long-term disabling conditions.
  • Mental health must be understood along the life course: Every stage of life – from the period around pregnancy, to early childhood and the first decade, and on to adolescence and the second decade – offers unique moments when mental health can be supported and when it may be at risk.
  • Social determinants help shape mental health outcomes: Biology and genetics play a role in determining mental health, but so too do protective and risk factors in the child’s family, in school, in the community, and across society. Understanding these is key to developing policy approaches.
  • COVID-19: The report will address evidence for the mental health impact of COVID-19, as well as challenges in humanitarian situations and emergencies.
  • Mental health requires a pyramid of interventions: A range of multi-sectoral services and institutions are needed to promote good mental health for every child, protect vulnerable children, and care for children facing the greatest challenges. Launch plans

We will launch the report on 5th October at the Ministerial Summit on Mental Health organized by the French Government in Paris, alongside a series of ‘satellite’ launch events worldwide and a new mental health communications campaign.

On 5 and 6 October 2021, the French Minister for Solidarity and Health, Olivier Véran, and the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, will host the “Mind Our Rights, Now!” Global Mental Health Summit in Paris. The summit will be attended by high-level policy makers, international organizations, health professionals, experts and civil society actors, in addition to foundations and renowned academics, all of whom aim to strengthen international efforts that support mental health, promote respect for rights and foster worldwide innovative experiences. The summit aims to sustain the momentum generated by the International Conference on Mental Health hosted by the Netherlands in October 2019, and Ministerial MH Summit in the UK before it.

Ten thematic areas have been selected to advance the objectives of the summit and are a core part of the programme. UNICEF is co-leading the workstream focusing on Children and Adolescents, with WHO and War Child, aiming to develop a set of recommendations for mental health and psychosocial support for children, adolescents, and families, which will align closely with the SOWC report. The SOWC launch is officially part of the programme on the 5th October.

The global launch will initiate a series of regional and national events around the world, involving UNICEF offices and key partners, in which we aim to spark a global conversation about child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing. ‘Satellite’ events are being explored in strategic locations across Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, as well as the UAE, China and the US.

UNICEF will accompany the report launch with our new public engagement campaign, Mental Health #OnMyMind, which will provide a unifying creative concept and communications framework for all UNICEF offices and partners in support our global mental health advocacy strategy objectives over the next four years. A social media pack is available here.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Mental Health, please visit ngomentalhealth.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Children’s Rights, please visit childrightsny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, please email the vice chair at susanneseperson@gmail.com.

Digital Equity for all Ages: Connect, Respect and Protect Older People in Digital Technologies

This year, the International Day of Older Persons 2021 will provide a platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue and serve as a call to action. The #UNIDOP2021 will adopt a person centered, human rights approach to ensure digital equity including adequate policies, access, digital literacy and safety for individuals of all ages.

This particular side event from the NGO Committee on Ageing in Vienna’s program will address cyber security, especially for older persons. The virtual program will take place on October 1st from 7:30—9:15am EDT.

Objectives of #UNIDOP2021:

• To address digital availability, connectivity, design, affordability, capacity building, infrastructure, and innovation in the areas of public and private interests

• To bring awareness of the importance of digital inclusion of older persons, while tackling stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination associated with digitalization taking into account sociocultural norms and the right to autonomy

• To highlight policies to leverage digital technologies for full achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs)

• To explore the role of policies and legal frameworks to ensure privacy and safety of older persons in the digital world

• To promote an intersectional person-centered human rights approach for a society for all ages taking into account existing/non-existing legal instruments in the field of digitalization

Register hereus06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GqD_gJ4OTtymbzNWk5x-rw

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-NY, please visit ngocoa-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, please email the vice chair at susanneseperson@gmail.com. 

Autumn kick-off of NGO Committee on Ageing NY

Autumn kick-off of NGO Committee on Ageing regular monthly program

NGO COA-NY and the UNITED NATIONS: Update and a look ahead

Opening: Dr. Cynthia Stuen, Chair, NGO Committee on Ageing

  • Overview NGO COA’s activities during the past year and looking ahead in terms of its goals for the coming year
  • Introduction of new members of the Executive Committee, and Chairs of Subcommittees
  • New Decade of Healthy Ageing Knowledge Platform: decadeofhealthyage

10:30 am – 11:10 am

  • International Day of Older Persons, 1 October 2021 – Ms. Erica Dhar (AARP) and Ms. Magda Kaczmarska (Generations United), Co-chairs of event
  • NGO participation in UN activities – Ms. Susan Somers (International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse) and Ms. Frances Zainoeddin (Soroptimist International)
  • Standing up for the rights of older persons – an event on 14 October 2021: A focus on the USA and Canada – Dr. Cynthia Stuen, International Federation on Ageing

11:10 am – 11:25 am

  • Secretary-General’s annual report to the General Assembly
    Ms. Amal About Rafeh, Chief, Programme Unit on Ageing, UN/DESA

11:25 – 11:30 am Closing

No registration necessary. Join the meeting via Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84134007168

The NGO Committee on Ageing also urges you REGISTER for the International Day of Older Persons on 1 October 2021.

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CoNGO Notes: The NGO Committee on Ageing-NY is one of the Substantive Committeeof the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO). Likewise, for more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, please email the vice chair at susanneseperson@gmail.com. 

Leveraging Technology and Innovative Shared Living Solutions for Older Adults

IFA Global Cafe presents

In Conversation with Dr. Vipan Nikore on “Leveraging Technology and Innovative Shared Living Solutions for Older Adults”

While much of the world is reopening and life has returned to normal level. However, the vulnerability of many long-term care facilities still become apparent. As we look towards future, we are striving the ensure the vulnerable older adults receive quality care not only in long-term facilities but also in their own homes.

The IFA is honored to invite Dr. Vipan Nikore, a healthy systems leader, with extensive experience in improving healthcare innovation and technology, and is keen to connect people who share a vision to create positive change for older adults.

Register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkdeitqTorHdIP8hNmsgYG3cYOq821Swmc

This Global Cafe takes place at 07:00 am (Eastern Day Time) on Friday 10 September 2021 (additional time zones below):

Vancouver, Canada 4:00 am
London, UK 12:00 pm
Geneva, Switzerland 1:00 pm
Lagos, Nigeria 12:00 pm
New Delhi, India 4:30 pm
Perth, Australia 7:00 pm

This Global Cafe will be recorded and streamed live on Facebook. Should you be unable to participate, a recording will be available on the IFA Facebook page at facebook.com/intfedageing and resources will be available at: ifa.ngo/ifa-global-cafe.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-NY, please visit ngocoa-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, please email the vice chair at susanneseperson@gmail.com. 

Ontario’s Senior Care Beyond COVID-19

IFA Global Cafe: In Conversation with Ms. Lisa Levin on “Ontario Senior’s Care Beyond COVID-19”

Everyone’s ageing journey is different. Insights and experiences can help seniors and health providers to navigate challenging circumstances and sudden changes. In many instances, it is important to discuss the subject with empathy, and to have a conversation that acknowledges seniors’ concerns instead of simply telling them what to do.

The IFA is honored to invite Ms. Lisa Levin, a high energy leader, with extensive experience in focusing on advocacy and education and delivering the best possible care for seniors in a respectful way. Register here!

This Global Cafe takes place at 07:00 am (Eastern Day Time) on Friday 3 September 2021 (additional time zones below):

Vancouver, Canada 4:00 am
London, UK 12:00 pm
Geneva, Switzerland 1:00 pm
Lagos, Nigeria 12:00 pm
New Delhi, India 4:30 pm
Perth, Australia 7:00 pm

This Global Cafe will be recorded and streamed live on Facebook. Should you be unable to participate, a recording will be available on the IFA Facebook page at facebook.com/intfedageing.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-NY, please visit ngocoa-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, please email the vice chair at susanneseperson@gmail.com. 

Regional outlook on ageing: Middle East & North Africa

World Economic Forum Healthy Ageing and Longevity Dialogues:

Regional outlook on ageing: Middle East and North Africa 

Thursday 2 September 2021 , 14h00 Central European Summer Time / 8.00 EDT ( New York)

Moderator: Amal Abou Rafeh  – (Chief, Programme on Ageing, UNDESA (UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs)

Please register here: https://weforum.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Rv1k-olkQa6n0Xyptn0gmA

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, please email the vice chair at susanneseperson@gmail.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-NY, please visit ngocoa-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org

Decade of Healthy Ageing: A Social Responsibility

Dear Colleagues,

You are kindly invited  to the event Decade of Healthy Ageing: A Social Responsibility” that will take place Thursday, July 29th from 10:00am to 12:00pm (EDT) aiming to provide a space for experts to share their visions and experiences with different social actors interested in generating the conditions and transformations necessary for more people to achieve healthy aging, according to the Decade proposal.

This event is organized by the Diplomatic Academy of Chile (ACADE) and the National Service for the Older People (SENAMA) with the participation of Mrs. Zulma Sosa, Coordinator of Population and Development Area of the Latin American and Carribean Demographic Center (CELADE); Dr. Enrique Vega, Unit Chief for the Healthy Life Course of the Pan American Health Organization (OPS); Dr. Carmen Quintanilla, Senator of General Courts of Ciudad Real and Vice President of European Seniors’ Union; Mr. Octavio Vergara,National Director of SENAMA and Dr. Ángela Arenas, lawyer and Director of the Faculty of Law of the Finis Terrae University.

Among other issues, the panelists will address:

  • the evolution, priority areas and ways of implementing the Decade challenges related to the recognition and social leadership of older adults,
  • the fight against isolation, accentuated by COVID-19, the situation of older women living in rural areas, and national and international health strategies that protect older people from future epidemics.
  • actions and fundamental challenges to consolidate the treatment of this issue as one of the responsibilities of the entire society.

*The event will be conducted in Spanish and will have simultaneous interpretation to English and Portuguese*

Please register your attendance through this Link.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-NY, please visit ngocoa-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development, please visit ngosocdev.org.

Sustainable Ageing in a Digital World

Objectives:

An increasing number of concerns have been raised regarding the risks of leaving vulnerable groups behind in a hyper-digitalised world which includes older and marginalised populations. Therefore, digital inclusion needs to be a top priority in terms of public policy making from a human rights and from an economic productivity point of view. The latter is of particular importance for countries that do not yet have an adequate social safety net for their citizens and also for countries faced with the challenge of older persons soon outnumbering the younger population. Responsive policies could empower the older population who are not yet digitally proficient to reap the potential benefits of the digital technology and support their participation in an increasingly digitalized economy and society.

An ageing workforce poses a known dilemma to companies. Older employees who hold more manual and less highly skilled jobs tend to be less familiar with ICT and less equipped to participate in today’s digitalised workplace. Excluding older workers and employees from acquiring digital literacy and minimal competence to work in an ICT dense workplace would reduce retraining costs but might jeopardize productivity and externalise social costs. For example, in service sector where companies’ productivity might actually increase with age due to accumulation of tacit knowledge and abilities to network across age groups with clients. This will take younger employees more time, emotional intelligence and social capital. Hence productivity might be higher for a socially skillful older staff. While many routine works continue to be necessary within an ICT integrated work environment, older workers, arguably with greater patience, are better equipped to carry out the more routine data processing tasks with less errors and need for rework.

Inclusion of older workers in the development of digital competence would also make sense since many of the customer services and other more routine type of work connected to data platform interactions will continue to require a human touch for all age groups. A later life work pattern will become the norm in many of the ageing societies. Hence, acquiring digital literacy would enable older workers to remain active and productive longer. The aim of this panel is to broaden the public’s understanding about the impact of digital technology on ageing in the context of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) which has accelerated the coverage and depth of digitalization in both public and private domains.

The key note speech will be based on the newly published policy brief on “Ageing in the Digital Era” by the UNECE and highlight the barriers to digital technology adoption and the use of digital tools in later life and suggest action areas for policy makers. Panelists will discuss various policy considerations for governments to adopt.

Learn more and register here: https://hopin.com/events/unisa-iasia-hybrid-conference

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-NY, please visit ngocoa-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, please email the vice chair at susanneseperson@gmail.com. 

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