Older Persons Roundtable

Hall 4, Room B

In the face of rapid urbanization, central and local governments are coming under increasing pressure to provide access to basic infrastructure and services and to protect the rights of all, particularly vulnerable groups such as older persons.

The ability of city authorities to ensure the inclusion of older persons is constrained by lack of resources, resulting in older persons suffering disparities in wages and access to health services, housing, and other public amenities.   

Poor social integration and limited access to the labor market renders aging groups most susceptible to homelessness.

Cities committed to protecting the rights of all recognize cultural diversity as a social asset with the potential to foster inclusivity, integration, and tolerance.

The New Urban Agenda recognizes these challenges and highlights the need to eliminate all forms of discrimination for sustainable and inclusive urban prosperity, leaving no one and no place behind. 


This session will address the capacity and ability of cities to provide equal access to housing and basic services to older persons.

It will seek to incorporate innovative and dynamic voices including the private sector, start-ups and venture capitalists in the discussion about the provision of housing and basic services for older persons. 

By transforming the narrative around older persons and their rights to enjoy the full benefits of living in cities, it will identify criteria and best practices for the successful integration of older persons, as well as innovative solutions for inclusive cities.

Guiding Questions
  1. What are the key factors for the successful inclusion and integration of older persons into cities?
  2. What are the impediments to proper inclusion processes and how can innovative ideas and technology be made elder-friendly?
  3. What is the role of local governments in the inclusion and integration of elderly people?
  4. how can key stakeholders preserve and capitalize on traditional knowledge systems to improve the quality of life of older persons and communities in urban spaces?
  5. How can the private sector make the most of technology in order to make housing and basic services more accessible for elderly populations?

Session Speakers