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Tuesday, October 6 • 2:00am - 3:00am
RT 2 - Older people's livelihoods and social protection during COVID-19 and beyond

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COVID-19 is most dangerous for older people, as the risk of serious illness and death increases with age. Older people living in poverty and those with disabilities or care needs are particularly at risk. What is less understood is how this heightened risk of illness and mortality further exacerbates existing vulnerabilities and inequities that older people face. Older people generally rely on their own work, family support and pensions for their survival. The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the inadequacy of pensions in most low- and middle-income countries and that economically struggling families often cannot guarantee a dignified live for older people. Lacking the income security that pensions could provide, older people make ends meet through work and income-generating activities, mainly in the informal economy. However, lockdowns, the economic crisis and older people’s heightened vulnerability to the virus mean that many older people are no longer able to work – or having to choose between contracting the virus and destitution.

What can social protection practitioners do to ensure that those hardest hit by the virus are not pushed into poverty? Hear evidence on the socioeconomic impact on older people, their access to social protection and livelihoods during COVID-19 and join us in a discussion on concrete actions that can be taken to protect and improve older people’s wellbeing during and after this crisis.


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Florian Juergens

Global Social Protection Advisor, Helpage International
Florian Juergens is a social protection specialist working for HelpAge International as Global Social Protection Advisor, providing technical advice to HelpAge staff and network members on rights-based social protection in older age. Florian focusses on the design, implementation... Read More →

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Nuno Cunha

Senior Social Protection Specialist, International Labour Organization (ILO)
Nuno Cunha is an Economist with a specialization in Public Policy (Master from the University of York). With almost 20 years of experience in the area of social protection, Mr. Cunha worked first at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of Portugal, before joining the ILO in... Read More →
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Aura Sevilla

Advocacy Development Manager, International Longevity Center – Singapore (ILC-S) /Tsao Foundation
Aura Sevilla works primarily towards the realization of active and dignified ageing in the Philippines and the region. She has led to improving ageing and social protection policies, gathering evidence, advocating for change with the government, networking, and building the capacity... Read More →
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Rosita Lacson

President, Confederation of Older Persons' Association of the Philippines (COPAP)
Rosita Lacson is a former community leader in settings of urban poverty in the Philippines before becoming an older people and ageing-focussed activist. She advocates for the rights of older persons and has led a number of campaigns and lobbying activities in Parliament that have... Read More →

Tuesday October 6, 2020 2:00am - 3:00am GMT-03
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