The Data Coordinator of Cepei, Fredy Rodríguez, was invited by the Costa Rican Gerontological Association (AGECO) to participate in a Forum on the relationship of the Sustainable Development Goals with aging and the elderly, together with representatives of the United Nations in Costa Rica, civil society and the Ministry of Planning and Economic Policy (MIDEPLAN).
The Forum “Sustainable Development Goals: Aging and Older Adults” organized by the Costa Rican Gerentological Association (AGECO) was held in Costa Rica on 9 August 2018. Around 70 participants from different sectors attended the event: representatives from government, the United Nations in Costa Rica and civil society, as well as experts in the field of aging and old age.
The meeting was an opportunity for the Data Coordinator of Cepei to introduce the Sustainable Development Goals; the importance of the United Nations High Level Political Forum, the most important global scenario for monitoring the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, where Costa Rica presented in 2017 its National Voluntary Report on SDGs progress; and some incentives for the constructive participation of the elderly in the global agenda on Sustainable Development.
Other speakers that were part of the Forum were: Alice Harding Schackelford Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in Costa Rica; Carlos Marschall Murillo, Representative of the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Policy; Marcela Alvarado Montero, Urbarium Director and Representative of civil society in the SDG Advisory Committee.
The Data Coordinator of Cepei was also invited to facilitate the socio-educational workshop “Getting to know the SDGs and its relationship with Older Adults”, a space in which 35 attendees participated: representatives of the AGECO Board of Directors, the General Manager, the Director of Gerontological Programs, the technical team, representatives of the National Forum of Older Adults and of the socio-legal Orientation service.
The workshop addressed the following contents: a contextualization of the Sustainable Development Goals, emphasizing on SDGs 10 (Reduction of inequalities), 11 (Sustainable cities and communities) and 16 (Peace, justice and solid institutions); Civil society follow-up strategies for SDGs achievement.