A Message from the IFA President, Mr. Bjarne Hastrup
As the President of the IFA I am pleased to present our new monthly online publication called IFA VoltAGE which will update readers on 'what's happening at the IFA' and there is a lot happening!
The socioeconomic and political consequences of population ageing are clear and unequivocal yet in general NGOs at an international level have failed to capture "the moment" or present unquestionable arguments for change to key stakeholders.
During the coming months the IFA Board of Directors will be working towards our next strategic plan; a plan that responds to the current and future issues experienced by older people through to 2020. This is a big task but we are all up for it!
Today IFA has four strategic pillars: Knowledge Platforms such as global and regional conferences; Action in Global Advocacy Program; the IFA Copenhagen Summit and the IFA International Centre of Excellence on Ageing.
These pillars connect our stakeholders by providing a reliable platform for the mobilization and exchange of knowledge; bridging the gaps in the knowledge and understanding of the ageing experience; and facilitating and coordinating interactions and collaborations across sectors concerned with ageing issues.
The IFA Secretariat led by our Secretary General continues to develop and consolidate strategic relationships; seeks opportunities in different regions of the world; and ably represents the interests of the corporation through presentations and consultations globally.
The IFA is positioned better than ever before to take an ambitious yet measured step toward responding to emerging fields of interest in age-related issues. It is also in the best interests of our growing membership, relationships and partners to be focused and steady in the decisions that matter. Please enjoy learning more of the work of the IFA through IFA VoltAGE.
Mr. Bjarne Hastrup, IFA President