Health and Medical Care

December 16, 2020

On Tuesday, December 15 (December 14 local time), the draft resolutionOpen a New Window entitled “United Nations Decade of Healthy Ageing (2021–2030)”, co-facilitated by Chile and Japan and co-sponsored by 77 countries, was adopted by consensus in the Plenary Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.

  1. The resolution calls upon all the stakeholders including the United Nations system, governments, civil society and the private sector to work together to secure the rights of older persons to enjoy physical and mental health against various risks, including COVID-19.
  2. Japan has been promoting the agenda of healthy ageing at various global fora, including the World Health Assembly (WHA), the G7 and the G20. Japan, which has had highest share of aged population for many years, as well as its history of achieving and sustaining Universal Health Coverage (UHC), has abundant experience on the challenges, opportunities, lessons-learned and best practices related to healthy ageing, and has been sharing them with other countries.
  3. Fully aware of the importance of healthy ageing in the context of the SDGs and of human security more broadly, Japan is determined to work with other countries and relevant organizations, including the UN system, to promote healthy ageing both globally and locally in line with the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing 2021-2030.

[Reference] Decade of Healthy Ageing 2021-2030
As the ageing of the world’s population continues to accelerate, the Decade of Healthy Ageing (2021-2030) aims to bring together governments, civil society, international agencies, professionals, academia, the media, and the private sector for ten years of concerted, catalytic and collaborative action to improve the lives of older people, their families, and the communities in which they live.

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