The recently adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a comprehensive development agenda with a focus on reducing inequality and reaching all population groups, including those furthest behind. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This universal agenda sets ambitious new standards to tackle extreme poverty, inequality and climate change and will guide governments and international development actors in their work from 2016-2030.
The Sustainable Development Goals contain several goals that address the needs of older persons, in particular those related to social protection, health, reducing inequalities and ending poverty (Goals 1, 3, 10, and 11). Older persons are also mentioned under targets related to nutrition, resource use, healthcare, accessibility, safety and age-specific data collection and analysis.
With its reiteration of the phrase “... for all” in almost all the goals, the 2030 Agenda puts inclusion at the center of the agenda. Population ageing and older persons are directly or indirectly addressed in several of the goals, such as Goal 3 “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages” and Goal 10 “Reduce inequality within and among all countries”.