Regional Launch of the Decade of Healthy Aging 2021-2030

Regional Launch of the Decade of Healthy Aging 2021-2030
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Friday, October 22, 10:00 am-12:30 pm (Washington DC time)

Event Video 

(Audio only in Spanish)

The Government of Chile, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) invite you to the Regional Launch of the Decade of  Healthy Aging 2021-2030.

Approved by the General Assembly on December 14, 2020, this initiative is expected to bring together governments, civil society, international organizations, academic institutions, the media, and the private sector around a decade of concerted, catalytic, and collaborative action to improve the lives of older persons, their families and the communities.

The Decade has 4 action areas: 1) Changing the way we think, feel and act towards age and aging; 2) Ensuring that communities foster the capacities of older people; 3) Delivering person-centered integrated care and primary health services responsive to older people; 4) Providing access to long-term care for older people who need it.

The objectives of this meeting:

-To present the situation of healthy aging in the region.

- To promote the development of sectoral commitments for the Decade.

- To encourage key actors to present innovative initiatives and programs related to the Decade.



Welcome and presentation of the activity

 Moderator: Ambassador José Luis Balmaceda, SENAMA


Alicia Bárcena

ECLAC Executive Secretary


Mr. Miguel Barreto

Resident Coordinator a.i., United Nations Chile

Mr. Antonio Guterres (to be confirmed)

UN Secretary General


Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), (video)


Dr. Carissa Etienne

Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

The Decade of Healthy Aging. A vision from the Americas.


Mrs. Cecilia Morel

First Lady of Chile


Video with testimonies of older adults representatives from the civil society of


Official photo of the authorities


PANEL: Sectorial visions of National Authorities

Moderator Dr. Jarbas Barbosa. Deputy Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

12:10- 12:18

Dr. Enrique Paris

Minister of Health, Chile


Hon. Ryan R. Straughn

Minister of Finance, Barbados


Monica Roque

Secretary of Human Rights, Community Gerontology, Gender and Care Policies. National Institute of Social Services for Retirees and Pensioners (PAMI), Argentina


Sr. Francisco Delgado Jiménez

 Vice-Minister of Human Development and Social Inclusion, Costa Rica


Space for Interventions of other Ministers and Heads of Delegation.

Closing and final reflections


Dr. Julio Borba Vargas (video)

Minister of Public Health and Social Welfare, Paraguay


Karla Rubilar Barahona

Minister of Social Development and Family, Chile