Living Longer Around the World: Opportunities and Challenges

In April of 2022, Global Coalition on Aging (GCOA), in partnership with the Permanent Missions of Chile and the Republic of the Philippines, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), and the World Demographic & Ageing Forum (WDA Forum) Global Longevity Council, hosted an official side event of the 55th Session of the Commission on Population and Development at the United Nations in New York to launch “Living Longer Around the World: Opportunities and Challenges,” a new report authored by the WDA Forum Global Longevity Council. The report offers positions for policy makers and strategy planners based on age demographics to 2035 for 31 countries representing all levels of economic development, 70% of the global population, and 76% of global GDP.

The speakers from around the world included:

    • Chargé d’Affaires a.i, René Ruidíaz, Permanent Mission of Chile and Chair of the Group of Friends of Older Persons in New York
    • H.E. Mrs. Francisca Perales, Vice Minister of Social Services, Ministry of Social Development and Family of Chile
    • H.E. Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo, Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Philippines, Chair of the Bureau of the 55th Commission on Population and Development
    • H.E. Ambassador Boštjan Malovrh, Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the United Nations
    • Dr. Hans Groth, Chair of the World Demographic & Ageing (WDA) Forum
    • Dr. Pol Vanderbroucke, Chair of the WDA Forum Global Longevity Council
    • Dr. Yosuke Kita, Counselor, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations
    • Ms. Bernardita Canals, Consultant at National Service for the Elderly Adults (SENAMA), Government of Chile
    • Dr. Karoline Schmid, Chief, Fertility and Population Ageing Section, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division
    • Dr. Nicholas Eberstadt, Henry Wendt Chair for Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute; Member, WDA Global Longevity Council
    • Dr. Gloria Langat, Aging and Development Unit, African Population and Health Research Centre, Kenya; Member, WDA Global Longevity Council

Latest Developments

We keep our members and partners in touch with the most recent updates and opinions in the worldwide dialogue on population longevity and related issues.

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