On September 25, 2015, 193 nations joined together to formally ratify the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s or Global Goals). IAHSA applauds the UN for including age in the goals and targets and commends the pledge to “leave no one behind.” Among the goals are to “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.” As Archbishop Desmond Tutu said, “I want to tell the world that I count, that older people everywhere count…”
It is right and timely that ageing be included in these global goals. Our societies are ageing rapidly and we are ill-prepared for both the challenges and opportunities that it will bring. This significant step by the nations of the world confirms that age does matter. It is part of the human condition. It is a stage of life which, like all stages, has meaning and value. Creating a better future for the world’s elders is an imperative. IAHSA looks forward to working with its members and others to implement actions to ensure that these goals are met.