Making older persons visible in the sustainable development goals’ monitoring framework and indicators

In 2015, the world reaffirmed its commitment to sustainable development by endorsing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 SDGs. Indicators for monitoring the 2030 Agenda should be disaggregated by income, sex, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability and geographic location, or other characteristics, in accordance with the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics and enable analyses supporting the reduction of inequalities.

In order to reach older people – an important, heterogeneous and growing population – and to create visibility in global and national policy and accountability mechanisms, a closer examination is needed of the kinds of data collection mechanisms and methods, and types of data collected to measure each SDG indicator relevant for older persons, including existing levels of disaggregation, analysis and dissemination.

This report from the World Health Organization (WHO) reviews and identifiyies the priority population-based SDG indicators for older people for disaggregation and analysis. It also outlines the conceptual and analytical framework underpinning the selection of 46 SDG indicators relevant for monitoring the well-being of older people.

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