WSIS Forum Special Track on ICTs and Older Persons

ICTs and Older Persons

The ICTs and Older Persons special track addresses the role of ICTs in combating age-based discrimination in the workplace, achieving healthier ageing, building smarter cities, ensuring the financial inclusion of older persons, and supporting millions of caregivers across the world and in digital inclusion across the generations to enable the Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020–2030. This special track is organized in collaboration with various stakeholders that implement activities in the area of ICTs and Older Persons , including Global Coalition of Aging (GCOA), Centre for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development (CSEND), E-Seniors, UN Agencies -ITU, WHO, UN DESA and others.

The UN launched the Decade of Healthy Ageing in 2020, and on this basis, the ICTs and Older Persons special track was successfully launched at the WSIS Forum 2020, in collaboration with various stakeholders. The reference of this activity was included in the UN Secretary General Report “Follow-up to the International Year of Older Persons: Second World Assembly on Ageing” (A/75/218) submitted pursuant to General Assembly Resolution 74/125.

A special Prize, the WSIS Healthy Ageing Innovation Prize, will be held focused on ICTs that specifically address the needs of people 60+ to achieve and sustain an active and engaged life as they age. The WSIS Healthy Ageing Innovation Prize is an exceptional international recognition of WSIS stakeholders as leaders for their excellence in supporting innovation that brings sustainable solutions for the ever-increasing global population of older people.