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The Stakeholder Group on Ageing (SGA) facilitates effective participation of its members in matters related to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Development, including participation in the High Level Political Forum and other intergovernmental bodies.
The SGA’s objectives are to make issues of ageing visible in the implementation, follow-up and review process of the 2030 Agenda at national, regional and global levels; provide a platform for engagement to organizations of, and organizations working with, older persons on ageing issues, in intergovernmental negotiations, including providing guidance and support on actions that need to be taken at national, regional and global levels; foster collaborative working relationships with Member States and relevant organizations of the United Nations system; and coordinate and communicate with Major Groups and Other Stakeholders concerned with United Nations intergovernmental sustainable development processes.
The 2030 Agenda’ transformational vision and the pledge to “leave no one behind” means that development agendas must include all persons, of all ages. Implementation of all sustainable development goals must be based on equality, social justice and human dignity across the life course and recognize that older persons have an equal right to development.
The unprecedented rapid growth in the numbers of older persons worldwide is resulting in a situation where, by 2050, almost 22% of the world population will be over the age of 60. This demographic trend is becoming a significant issue for governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and communities, particularly since older persons are mostly a neglected group, invisible to those who promote economic and social development. The SGA aims to ensure that older persons are not viewed only as dependent and in need of care and services, but also as a valuable resource, making significant contributions to the economy. The SGA is committed to ensuring that the basic principle of the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind is fully inclusive of older persons.