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New joint programme supports countries in upholding rights and dignity of older persons in Europe and Central Asia during COVID-19 and beyond

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the rights and health of older persons, demonstrating their increased vulnerability not only to the disease itself, but also to poverty, abuse, social isolation, discrimination and other situations that can take a dramatic toll on their physical well-being and mental health.

In an effort to use the global crisis to spur progress in building societies that protect and ensure the health, inclusion and dignity of people of all ages, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and HelpAge International, in collaboration with the United Nations Regional System Issue Based Coalition on Health and Wellbeing have joined forces in a new Joint Programme on Ageing. The programme (2020-2023) will support UN Country Teams in Eastern Europe and Central Asia in engaging national governments, civil society actors and older persons in the following three principle areas:

  • Enhancing preparedness and emergency response to mitigate the risks for older persons during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Supporting the delivery of person-centred integrated health and social care for older people beyond the COVID-19 pandemic in the context of demographic and epidemiologic change in Europe and Central Asia to ensure ageing with dignity;
  • Changing the narrative, promoting the human rights of older persons and creating participatory and enabling environments.