Ageing and Life Course

Important message to Global Embrace organizers

This change is effective since January 2003

Dear friends, partners and colleagues,

It is with pleasure that we announce changes for the Global Embrace. Following four very successful years in running the event and, in light of the launch of WHO's new initiative Move for Health (which shares many of the Global Embrace objectives), we decided that it was not necessary to centrally coordinate the Global Embrace.

Indeed, the "Global Embrace" has now gained a momentum which no longer requires individual registration. We know that our multiple partners world-wide are firmly committed and will continue to organise local events in celebration of the International Day of Older Persons reflecting the spirit of the Active Ageing Movement we launched together in 1999.

As you may be aware the theme of World Health Day 2002 was Move for Health. WHO Member States subsequently requested WHO to establish a world-wide campaign focusing on the Move for Health messages. As part of this campaign, events at country level are being organised at an annual basis. As the respective objectives of the Global Embrace and the Move for Health initiative are mutually reinforcing, we urge all our Global Embrace partners to join the Move for Health and to continue to stress the importance of remaining physically active as individuals and populations age.

You may therefore decide to:

  • join the Move for Health activities in your country (which often take place in May) by making the point that physical activity is good for people of all ages, including older people;
  • continue to organise Global Embrace events on the occasion of the International Day of Older Persons on 1 October,
  • or indeed, do both.

Whatever you decide, we will be happy to receive your reports and photos of your activities and we will post them, as usual, on our website.

The Global Embrace has enabled us to establish a data base of community-based, national and international organisations interested in promoting the health of older age groups and we will continue our outreach activities as appropriate. Developing the Global Embrace awareness raising campaign has been exciting for all of us and we thank you again for your ongoing support and enthusiasm.

The Ageing and Life Course team