OSCE Parliament details longevity focus in key declaration

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly endorses longevity-focused policies and demographic considerations in Bucharest Declaration.

The 31st Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA) held from 29th June to 3rd July 2024, in Bucharest, Romania, concluded with a significant step forward in the advancement of longevity medicine and demographic sustainability. The theme, The Role of the OSCE in the Current Security Architecture: A Parliamentary Perspective, provided a platform for debate and culminated in the adoption of the Bucharest Declaration. This declaration, containing recommendations across security, human rights, economic and environmental concerns, also makes key points about international longevity and demographic policies [1].

Longevity.Technology: The inclusion of longevity medicine and longevity-oriented decisions within the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s resolution underscores the growing recognition of its importance as a global megatrend. Governments and legislative bodies acknowledging and embedding longevity education and policies into their infrastructure are essential steps toward maximizing healthspan, and this approach not only benefits individuals by enhancing their quality of life but also strengthens the economy by reducing healthcare costs and increasing workforce productivity – in fact, a 2021 study calculated that a slowdown in aging that increases life expectancy by one year is worth $38 trillion, and for ten years $367 trillion [2].

Fostered by organizations such as Aeon Foundation, it is imperative that longevity-oriented policies are woven into the fabric of public health strategies, welfare systems, and economic plans to address the challenges posed by aging populations and ensure sustainable development.

Key resolutions and recommendations

The resolution passed by the OSCE PA urges the 57 participating States to actively cooperate in addressing the complex challenges stemming from aging populations and demographic trends. The primary recommendations include:

  • Underscoring the imperative for OSCE participating States to actively co-operate to better address the complex range of challenges stemming from demographic trends, through knowledge sharing and investments in longevity medicine.
  • Calling on parliaments of OSCE participating States to promote welfare policies and public investments that are longevity-oriented by reforming public healthcare systems, fostering age-inclusive labour markets and businesses, achieving resilient pension systems, and prioritizing research, development and accessibility of longevity-enhancing technologies and treatments [1].

This comprehensive approach emphasizes the need for collective action to ensure the well-being of aging populations, thereby contributing to demographic resilience. The resolution also stresses the importance of demography in the OSCE area.

The adoption of the Bucharest Declaration by the OSCE PA signals a robust commitment from member countries to tackle the pressing issues related to aging populations and demographic shifts. This declaration not only acknowledges the immediate need for longevity-oriented policies but also sets a precedent for future international initiatives aimed at enhancing public health and demographic sustainability.

Nicola Marino, Director, Aeon Foundation

Role of the Aeon Foundation

The Aeon Foundation, a leading advocate for longevity medicine and demographic initiatives, played a key role in this achievement. The Foundation engages with international organizations such as the OSCE, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) to advance its mission, and by targeting these influential bodies, the Aeon Foundation aims to integrate longevity medicine into the broader framework of public health and economic policies.

Nicola Marino, director of the Aeon Foundation, highlighted the significance of their ongoing efforts. “We need to keep integrating longevity-oriented proposals into the next core of EU health policies and investment plans,” he told Longevity.Technology. “This also in consideration that we expect to finally witness – for the first time in EU history – the creation of a Health Committee in the EU Parliament.”

The Aeon Foundation told Longevity.Technology it will now focus its efforts on European Union institutions, especially in light of the recent European elections. This phase of agenda-setting offers a unique opportunity to embed longevity medicine into EU health policies and investment plans. The establishment of a Health Committee in the EU Parliament would represent an historic milestone, providing a dedicated platform for discussing and implementing health strategies that cater to a population that is not only aging, but aging well.

Onwards and upwards

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s resolution to adopt longevity-oriented policies and demographic considerations in the Bucharest Declaration highlights the importance of collective action and strategic investments in longevity medicine to address the challenges posed by aging populations. By advocating for these essential policies, the Aeon Foundation and other stakeholders are aiding the integration of longevity medicine into public health and economic strategies, helping to foster enhanced healthspan on a global scale.

Photographs courtesy of Aeon Foundation

[1] https://www.oscepa.org/en/documents/annual-sessions/2024-bucharest/declaration-30/5029-bucharest-declaration-eng/file
[2] https://www.kespine.org.uk/sites/www.kespine.org.uk/files/attachments/allswell_080121.pdf