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The International Longevity Centre Brazil was established to facilitate a knowledge exchange on issues relating to rapid population ageing, to identify useful innovation and evidence-based strategies and to guide policy that addresses population ageing and advances the concept of Active Ageing.

ILC-BR works in partnerships throughout the world with governments at the national, state and municipal levels, academic institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector. It forms part of a seventeen country global alliance of International Longevity Centres (ILC-GA). With consultative status to the United Nations, the ILC-GA has both New York and Geneva based representatives. The global secretariat is located in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York City. The Co-Presidents of the ILC-GA are Professor Alexandre Kalache of ILC-Brazil and Mary-Ann Tsao of ILC-Singapore.

Launched in 2012, ILC-BR was formally established as a not-for-profit organization in 2013 and has a board of trustees, directors and a finance committee. During its first four years, ILC-BR received logistical support from the Centre for Policies on Ageing (CEPE) of the Institut Vital Brazil (IVB), a body of the Secretariat of Health of the State of Rio de Janeiro. Since 2016, ILC-Brazil’s offices are at the Open University of the Third Age (UnATi) of the State University of Rio de Janeiro.

With support from Bradesco Seguros, ILC-BR convenes an annual international forum in Rio de Janeiro where over thirty experts from a wide range of countries draw the attention of a significant audience. Products of these forums include the Rio Declaration on Developing a Culture of Care, the Charter on Gender and Ageing and the outcome documents of the Forum in 2016 and 2017, entitled Toward age-friendly design and Building resilience throughout our increasingly longer lives respectively.

In 2015 ILC-BR launched the report “Active Ageing: a Policy Framework in Response to the Longevity Revolution” at the United Nations in New York. To the English and Portuguese language editions in hard copy was added the Spanish language version at a launch at the Andalusian School of Public Health, Granada, Spain, in May 2016 (download). The publication builds on the 2002 World Health Organization policy framework on Active Ageing to provide an up-to-date holistic blueprint for research, policy development and implementation.


To create, improve and expand innovation in relation to population ageing policy, based on Active Ageing principles and international/national research/good practice – in order to provide opportunities for both individuals and population groups to enhance well-being throughout the entirety of their lives.


To be a point of reference in all matters relating to Longevity. To be recognised as a facilitator of a society in which the full rights of older people are respected, protected and promoted and in which people of all ages have access to health, participation, life-long learning and security/protection as they age.


  • Commitment
  • Social Responsibility
  • Active Ageing Philosophy
  • Resilience Building
  • Promotion of the rights of older persons