About SGA Africa

The Stakeholder Group on Ageing Africa SGA Africa is an African regional coalition of Civil Society Organizations including Non- Governmental and Professional organizations in ageing, Human Right Institutes and Institutes on Ageing, working on multi-levels as members of the UN ECA African Regional Civil Society Engagement Mechanism group to achieve SDGs Agenda 2030 and AU Agenda 2063.

SGA Africa has strong commitments to addressing ageism and the pervasive practice of leaving older persons behind and ensuring the recognition and the integration of the life course approach, ageing and older persons rights in the achievement of sustainable development.

Background

  • At the United Nations, Economic Council / African Regional Forum on Sustainable Development held, May 2-5, 2018 in Dakar, Senegal, the Stakeholder Group on Ageing (SGA), was recognized and included in the African Regional Civil Society Engagement Mechanism Group thereby joining other major groups, including Women Major Group, Youth, Children, Persons with Disabilities, indigenous people and other stakeholders, after intensive campaigns and advocacy by HelpAge International Kenya and the Dave Omokaro Foundation, Nigeria.

  • Having secured the space at the African Regional Forum to engage member states on SDGs implementation and to participate in reviewing strategies, preparative to the United Nations High Level Political Forum on SDGs, SGA Africa, is now part of the global stakeholder group on ageing engagement mechanism for monitoring and evaluation of agendas 2030 and 2063.

  • However, the recognition brings with it the challenges and prospects of mobilizing actors in the field of ageing, to achieve a truly inclusive group; of building a unique identity through stakeholders’ consensuses on peculiar challenges and opportunities in ageing across African member states and sub regions and, of evolving effective communication tools to maximize older people’s inclusion and participation to enforce their rights.
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