Professionals and organizations working with and for older persons convened at the International WDA Forum (Rio de Janeiro Oct. 16-17 2013), an initiative by the International Longevity Centre–Brazil (ILC-BR) and the World Demographic & Ageing Forum (WDA Forum), co-organized by Bradesco Seguros and UniverSeg in association with the Centro de Estudo e Pesquisa do Envelhecimento (CEPE) and partners from academia, government, civil society organizations and the United Nations proclaimed THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF DEVELOPING A CULTURE OF CARE:
To advance the debate on a global culture of care, two connected international forums were held in Brazil in October, under the leadership of the International Longevity Centre – Brazil (ILC-BR), presided by Alexandre Kalache, and in partnership with the World Demographic Association (WDA) and Bradesco Seguros, a major Brazilian financial corporation. Participating experts included representatives from other centres in the ILC Global Alliance (Argentina, Brazil, Dominican Republic, France, and South Africa, UN agencies, international and national NGOs and academic institutions.
The outcome, approved unanimously, is the Rio Declaration “Beyond Prevention and Treatment: Developing a Culture of Care in response to the Longevity Revolution”. The Rio Declaration highlights the need for inclusive, person-focused care firmly grounded in human rights. It calls for a fresh perspective on gendered dimensions of care in policy and in society. Policy targets on care in the UN Post 2015 Development agenda are recommended. Emphasis is given to achieving a care system, spanning health promotion to end of life care, that is characterized by: communication, continuity, coordination, comprehensiveness and community linkages. The Rio Declaration further calls for specific actions addressing respect for the rights of older persons; care services; planning and delivery of care; education and training; and age-friendly environments for a culture of care.