World Health Organization – Seeking Candidates for Director of Ageing and Life Course (ALC)

Posted on September 21st, 2018 by Paula Colaso under News

The World Health Organization (WHO) seeks candidates for the following senior level position

Deadline for applications: 12 October 2018

Director of Ageing and Life Course (ALC),  to lead the department and the work of WHO in presenting a compelling vision and lead global efforts in reframing of the way the world considers ageing and older people, to advance the WHO Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health and to ensure WHO’s approach is consistent with a sustainable and equitable response to the global transition to older populations.

Vacancy reference 1804028. For more information and to apply online please go to:

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.  Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged. Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world – experience at country level and/or evidence of a previous history of mobility would be an advantage.

This position is classified at the “D1” level in the United Nations Common System and are currently based in Geneva. Information on salary and benefits can be found through links on the following site:


I envision a world in which everyone can live healthy, productive lives, regardless of who they are or where they live.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General


Presentations from the IFA 14th Global Conference on Ageing Available

Posted on September 20th, 2018 by Greg Shaw under News

The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) was proud to host the 14th Global Conference on Ageing in Toronto, Canada.  Over 1,200 delegates from more than 70 countries across the globe attended the conference with the overarching theme being “Towards a Decade of Healthy Ageing – From Evidence to Action”.

The IFA is compelled to mobilize the knowledge and learning from this conference with its members.  A benefit for members is that you have complete access to presentations from all previous conferences.

Login to the members only section of the IFA website and be inspired by the work of presenters and use the content to advance the health, rights and choices of older people worldwide in your work.

Towards a Decade of Healthy Ageing

Posted on June 6th, 2018 by Paula Colaso under News

This is an excerpt from a recently published article in Health Europa Quarterly

By Dr Jane Barratt and Megan Acton

The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) is dedicated to a world in which the health, rights and choices of older people are both protected and respected. Central to delivering this is a commitment from policymakers, health professionals, employers and the public alike to create and maintain age-friendly services and societies that enable older people to not just live but live well. To this end, the IFA is hard at work alongside its 70-country-strong membership base to make a real difference to the lives of older people and promote a Decade of Healthy Ageing from 2020 to 2030.

Throughout its 45-year history, the IFA has been at the forefront of efforts to safeguard and prioritise the ageing population: it has played a crucial role in drafting key initiatives such as the United Nations Principles for Older Persons, which encourage governments to incorporate the independence, participation, care, self-fulfilment and dignity of older people into national programmes; it has actively advocated for older people to be recognised in the Sustainable Development Goals (Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages); and it continues to maintain a strong voice in the debate on how best to protect the rights of older people globally.

These efforts have seen it granted general consultative status at the United Nations and its agencies and also enter into formal relations with the World Health Organization (WHO).
Now, the IFA has set its sights on delivering the Decade of Healthy Ageing from 2020 to 2030 outlined in the WHO’s Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health.

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