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IFA Skim | October 2016
Your Global Point of Connection to the World on Ageing
The October edition of IFA Skim provides announcements on international ageing news, including updates on the IFA’s work at the United Nations, upcoming conferences, and new guest blogging opportunities.
The IFA at the United Nations
Since the IFA was founded, it has had a strong presence at the United Nations in New York. Our influence has increased over time, thanks to the leadership of Helen Hamlin, the Main UN Representative, and our other dedicated volunteer representatives: Valerie Levy, Cynthia Stuen, Sandra Timmermann, and Frances Zainoeddin.
With the addition of a few new members to our UN Team and initiatives underway to support a UN Convention on the Human Rights of Older Persons, we have decided to launch a monthly column, Live from New York. The column will keep our members and friends up-to-date with specific issues being raised at the UN, and let you know how you can become involved at a national level. It will cover highlights of the IFA’s ongoing work at the UN, including related activities of the NGO Committee on Ageing, UN assemblies and briefings, and other UN and NGO sponsored events that address the global concerns of the ageing population.
The work of the IFA UN team is aligned with IFA strategic goals, and in all they do, they bring forward IFA positions. In short, the team serves as the «eyes, ears and voice» for the IFA in New York.
Click here to read the first edition of Live from New York, and to learn more about each of the IFA UN team members.
The IFA 14th Global Conference on Ageing
August 8-10, 2018

The IFA 14th Global Conference on Ageing is a longstanding, highly regarded international forum for world-class experts in the field of ageing. Supported by a network of leading international partner organizations, the Global Conference will welcome 1,300 key stakeholders from over 50 countries to downtown Toronto.
As a delegate, you will have the opportunity to join leading non-governmental organizations, prestigious academic institutions, major industry figureheads, and dedicated public servants working in tandem with their ageing constituents.
Register for the conference, submit an abstract, propose a master class, and apply for our bursary program.
2nd Africa Region Conference of
Gerontology and Geriatrics
December 6-8, 2016

The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG)will be hosting the 2nd Africa Region Conference of Gerontology and Geriatrics from December 6-8, 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The theme of the conference — Long-Term Care Systems for Africa: Setting Agendas — centers on the need to develop effective and appropriate systems in place of the current long-term care arrangements for older adults in sub-Saharan Africa.

The conference aims to be a platform for dialogue to generate agendas and roadmaps for collaborative action to inform strategies for implementing long-term systems of care for Africans in coming decades.

Register now. View the announcement and visit the website for further details.
National Institute on Ageing 
Rethink Ageing 2016
November 24-25, 2016
The National Institute on Ageing will bring together delegates to learn, share and brainstorm the key actions for advancing the pillars of the National Seniors Strategy in Canada, released in October 2015.
On November 24, 2016, the conference themes will focus on independence, activity, and engagement among older citizens, as well as ensuring healthy and active ageing. On November 25, 2016, themes will focus on person-centred, high-quality and integrated care closer to home and associated support for caregivers.
For further details, see the NIA website.
Ageing Societies: Reaping the Longevity Dividend
November 29-30, 2016
This November, Mr. Greg Shaw, Director of International and Corporate Relations at the IFA, will present at The Economist’s Ageing Societies: Reaping the Longevity Dividend Summit.
This two-day event presents a unique opportunity to hear fresh perspectives from key public and private sector leaders on how they will engage with the challenges of an ageing population.
The event will bring global leaders from business, finance and health care together with policymakers to explore the opportunities of an ageing world. Together they will discuss how best to adapt financial products and realign business and public policies in ways that will drive economic growth and mitigate problems that ageing societies could otherwise bring.
The IFA is supporting The Economist to encourage the business world to review whether longevity is a challenge or an opportunity. All IFA supporters attending will receive a special 15% discount; quote IFA/DC when booking online.
For more information, and to view the full agenda, click here.
UN World Data Forum
January 15-18, 2017
The first UN World Data Forum will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, from January 15-18 2017, hosted by the Government of South Africa and Statistics South Africa.
The Forum will bring together key experts from governments, businesses, civil society and the scientific and academic communities to discuss opportunities and challenges and showcase the latest innovations to improve data and statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Information on the Forum is now available at undataforum.org. You can also follow updates and information via Twitter, @UNDataForum. Pre-registration for the Forum can be accessed here. The deadline to pre-register is December 2, 2016.
Dear Readers,
The IFA welcomes profiling the work of our members and other interested organizations in IFA newsletters. Please contact Peyton Thomas or Greg Shaw to learn more, or contact us by phone at +1 416 342 1655.
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