WHO Executive Board closes with Japan resolution on ageing

Starting a year-long special focus on ageing and health, the Executive Board adopted a resolution calling for countries to promote ‘active ageing’ and establish measures that encourage healthy living throughout the many stages of life.

The resolution, proposed by Japan, calls for the strengthening of policies that can prevent noncommunicable diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory disease, which often present themselves in later life. A series of activities is planned by the WHO Kobe Centre in 2012 to promote ageing, the theme of this year's World Health Day.