The International Federation on Ageing

The International Federation on Ageing is an international non-governmental organization with a membership base comprising government, NGOs, academics, industry, and individuals in 70 countries.  The IFA began operations in 1973, at a time when the social and economic impact of population ageing was only beginning to be understood by governments around the world.

The IFA has general consultative status at the United Nations and its agencies, and is in formal relations with the World Health Organization.  The IFA has been involved in drafting key initiatives such as the UN Principles for Older Persons, actively advocating for older people to be recognized in the Sustainable Development Goals, and maintaining a strong voice in the dialogue on how to best protect the rights of older people globally.


The IFA is a registered charity in Canada, with an international and democratically elected Board of Directors.


Vision: A world of healthy older people whose rights and choices are both protected and respected.


Goal: To be the global point of connection and networks of experts and expertise to influence and shape age-related policy.



  • Mobilize and harness the energy and expertise of members around the world
  • Create new and strengthen current connections and networks
  • Work in collaboration and partnership with and across all sectors and disciplines
  • Renew and reinvigorate our constituency [with attention to penetration, income generation, and brand]
  • Influence age-related policies that improve the lives of older people