EYE SEE YOU HOLIDAY CONTEST
Photo Contest Winner
This past holiday season, the IFA called upon Canadians to not lose sight of what matters. Through the
Eye See You 2016 Holiday Campaign
, the IFA hosted
holiday photo contest
for individuals across C
anada to post on Twitter and Facebook their favourit
e holiday photos.
In just two weeks, the IFA received over
hoto submissions including the photo of "Pillow the reluctant Christmas elf"
which was submitt
ed by Sue Walker and winner of the contest.
The IFA congratulates Sue Walker for her win and
thanks all parti
for their entries, which aimed to raise awareness of the importance of eye health.
To see some of IFA's
visit IFA's Facebook page
or check out the hashtag
55th SESSION OF THE UN COMMISSION ON SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
The IFA recently participated in the
55th Session of the Commission on Social Development (CSoCD55)
at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The session is taking place from 1 to 10 February, 2017. The priority theme for the CSoCD55 is
"Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all".
Since poverty is experienced differently by everyone, especially due to the intersectionality of various types of oppression such as ageism, racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, and ethnocentrism, the IFA has submitted a written statement highlighting the importance of analyzing the various intersecting forms of oppression while creating strategies to eradicate poverty.
To read IFA's statement click
co-hosted a side-event with the Permanent Mission of Argentina
to the UN
entitled Eradicating Poverty as a Human Right for Older Persons.
During this event, o
n behalf of the IFA, Virginia Duarte Walsh, Project Officer, delivered an
ral statement providing recommendations on how to create a global environment which is capable of sustaining effective and long lasting strategies to eradicate poverty.
FA 14th Global Conference on Ageing
Supported by a network of
the 2018 Conference will welcome 1,300 delegates from across the globe to downtown Toronto.
The Global Conference will connect delegates from leading NGOs,
academic institutions, innovative industry circles, and government.
The IFA is proud to announce
as the sponsor of the theme Combating Ag
eism at the IFA 14th Global Conference .
is a leading owner, operator and investor in the senior living secroe in Canada, the United States and the United kingdom serving more han 50,000 seniors provider of retirement living homes, retirement communities &
term care services for seniors
Revera has demonstrated their commitment and dedication to combating ageism through substantive research and publications and shedding light on ageism but most importantly showcasing and celebrating the ageless spirit of people through the "Age is More" campaign.
For more information on the various customizable
, please click
If you or your organization is
interested in sponsoring the IFA 14th Global Conference on Ageing, contact
EYE SEE YOU
Networking Wine and Cheese Event
On January 30th, 2017, the IFA hosted a
Wine and Cheese Networking Event
Eye See You Campaign
The goal of the event was to provide a forum for people interested in the issues of ageing a
nd eye health to meet one another and potentially create opportunities for work together on common issues.
The Networking Event brought together over
50 key stakeholders includin
, academics and NGOs in
health and ageing
If you would like to
learn more about the Eye See You Campaign
If you would like to
share your story
on the importance of eye health or the impact vision loss has or potentially may have on you, click
THE IFA ADULT VACCINATION PROJECT
The World Coalition on Adult Vaccination
has also been active through online media. A Fourth Edition of the
Adult Vaccination newsletter
will be circulated in early February and the
World Coalition on Adult Vaccination Twitter
has been gaining momentum since early January.
The World Coalition encourages organisations to send information to be tweeted to the
Coalition network as a means of promoting
adult vaccination globally. Additionally, The World Coalition appreciates every follow and retweet!
If you are an
decision maker and would like to learn more about the
World Coalition on Adult Vaccination, contact
UN BLOG LIVE FROM NEW YORK
Update on UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing
When we wrote the blog last month, the
UN IFA Team
was gearing up for the
United Nation's Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OWEGA)
December 12-15, 2016. We are happy to report that a
big step forward
was taken at the meeting when it was decided to discuss, at its next meeting in July 2017, possible elements that could be incorporated into an
international instrument to protect and promote the rights of older persons
Six previous sessions had addressed ageing issues
and concerns of older persons, with many panels and experts providing data, information and results from research and analysis. NGOs felt enough evidence had been presented over the past six years and pushed for moving forward to discuss the content of a convention.
comments or questions, please contact
Frances Zainoeddin, IFA UN Representative
Dr. Sandra Timmermann,
IFA UN Representative, Editor of Live From New York
Findings from the
World Values Survey in 2016 by the
World Health Organization (WHO) reconfirmed that ageism pervades society across cultural and regional lines.
Sixty per cent of respondents beli
eved that older people are not respected. More than 83
000 people in 57 countries took part in the survey which as
sessed attitudes to older people across all age groups.
Perceptions of older people as frail, weak, and helpless contribute to
widespread social, political, economic, cultural, and civic exclusion. Structural age discrimination prevents policymakers and service providers from responding effectively to
The IFA along with many other NGOs and governments around the world are
standing up against ageism. Through a global multi-media campaign, the IFA aims to
improve the public awareness of ageism and help to mobilised citizens globally.
The campaign will
collect firsthand stories
of ageism from participants all over the world. By targeting diverse regions, age groups, and professions, the campaign will paint a complex portrait of the international impact of ageism.
To learn more and stay updated on the campaign in months to come, follow IFA on
LIFE IN PICTURES
Government of Western Australia
Life in Pictures
initiative from the Western Australia Department Local Government and Communities Government is an outstanding example of collaboration with the arts community.
Stimulating discussion about ageing, celebrating achievements of those who are ageing and diving into cultures each who have a different perspective on what it is to age is a tremendous goal, and the International Federation on Ageing is very proud to support and endorse this innovation.
To learn for about the competition click
or to take a look at some of the great examples, click
AGE-FRIENDLY INFORMATION EXCHANGE
IFA and World Health Organisation
World Health Organisation (WHO)
have partnered together to host an
ge-friendly Information Exchange (AFIX)
leading up to
th Global Conference on Ageing
in 2018 as one of the sub-themes of the conference is
The AFIX will offer several initiatives over the next two years, including quarterly
webinars on age-friendly
and related topics starting
in winter 2017.
The AFIX will be developing
ocial media information exchanges
on both LinkedIn and Facebook as well as an age-friendly
used as a platform and resource for
in age-friendly environments.
If you are an expert or organisation working in the field of age-friendly environments or related fields and would like to receive the AFIX newsletter
and / or would like to learn more about the AFIX, please contact:
Jessica Rochman-Fowler at