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Europe is ageing. By 2050, more than a third of the continent’s population will be over 60 years old. For individuals and societies alike, this brings both challenges and opportunities. To realize the potential of older persons, thoughtful, timely and preventive measures are required so that future generations can embrace the later years of life as a time of development and self-fulfilment, and actively participate and contribute to various spheres of society. We need a human rights-based approach to ageing, and we need to listen to the voices of older persons and respond to their needs and preferences so that people can age in good health, actively and in dignity.

This session will look at the less explored and rarely implemented opportunities that an ageing society presents and promising policy approaches with regards to healthy and active ageing with dignity. And we will ask the question: what policy measures are available that address these challenges and opportunities?


H.E. Elena Bonetti, Minister for Equal Opportunities and Family, Italy
H.E. Michael Farrugia, Minister for Senior Citizens and Active Ageing, Malta
H.E. Derya Yanık, Minister of Family and Social Services, Turkey
Tamila Barkalaia, Deputy Minister for Interrnally Displaced Persons from Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs, Georgia
Brankica Jankovic, Commissioner for Protection of Equality, Serbia
Sarah Harper, University of Oxford
Claudia Mahler, United Nations Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of all Human Rights by Older Persons

Sejdefa Bašić, Mozaik Foundation, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Alexandre Sidorenko, Independent Expert on International Policy on Ageing
Jane Barratt, Secretary General, International Federation on Ageing (IFA)