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How Generations and Gender Shape Demographic change

14 - 16 May 2008

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Press Release ECE/GEN/08/P02, Geneva, 9 May 2008:

How Generations and Gender Shape Demographic Change Conference to discuss policies and new research findings, Geneva, 14-16 May 2008

 

Children and family are commonly associated with a happy and satisfied life. Recent European data suggest that many more people of reproductive age would like to form families and have children than actually do so, and many parents would like to have more children than they have. What role should public policy play regarding these issues? Should reconciling work and family life be the main avenue of policy? Concurrent with lower birth rates, European populations are ageing, which requires adaptation across all spheres of society. What are the best policy responses to these demographic trends, and how can research better support finding them?

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The Conference on How Generations and Gender Shape Demographic Change is ...

... forum for exchanges between policymakers and the research community on challenges related to demographic change. It will address key challenges in policy areas related to family and reproductive behaviour as well as intergenerational and gender relationships, reflect advances in knowledge in these areas, and provide guidance on the use of such knowledge in policymaking.

Palais des Nations - Salle XIX

The Conferece will be held 14 — 16 May 2008 at the Palais des Nations (Salle XIX) in Geneva, Switzerland. More details on the venue are available under the "Information". Any questions are welcome at ggp@unece.org.

Important dates
  • 18 February 2008 — Deadline for submission of proposals for research contributions
  • 29 February 2008 — Deadline for nomination of national focal points
  • 30 April 2008 — Deadline for registration has been EXTENDED
  • 14 May 2008 — Start of the Conference

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Support

The Conference has received financial support from the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of the European Commission.

The conference participation is also supported by the United Nations Population Fund - UNFPA.

Programme  Information note on the Conference

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Date and venue

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will organize the conference How Generations and Gender Shape Demographic Change - Towards Policies Based on Better Knowledge from 14 to 16 May 2008 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Format

The Conference is planned as a forum for policymakers and the research community on challenges related to demographic change. It will be carried out as an intergovernmental meeting of UNECE member States and will open to representatives of the international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as well as to the research community. The Conference has received financial support from the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of the European Commission.

Expected outcome

The Conference is expected to address key challenges in policy areas related to family and reproductive behaviour as well as intergenerational and gender relationships; to reflect advances in knowledge in these areas; and to provide guidance on the use of such knowledge in policymaking.

The Conference will also facilitate an exchange of views on the modalities of the 15-year appraisal of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, 1994) in the UNECE region, and may lead to the planning of further steps in this regard.

Sessions and topics

The Conference will be organized in seven plenary sessions on specific topics, each with an approximate duration of one and a half hours. Opening and concluding sessions are also foreseen.

The opening session will feature the presentation of the background information on the organization and concept of the UNECE Generations and Gender Programme (GGP) as well as on the perspectives for international cooperation in the area of population-related policies, followed by an interactive discussion.

The subsequent plenary sessions will be organized around the following topics:

  • Very low birth rates:
    E.g. very low fertility in Southern, Central and Eastern Europe; reproductive health; and increasing age at childbearing;
  • Realities of parenthood and childbearing:
    E.g. childcare provisions and strategies, the economic conditions of families with children, and their implications on behaviours regarding the family and the labour market;
  • Walking the tightrope of career and family:
    E.g. parental leave, flexibilities of the labour market, values and attitudes;
  • Moving towards gender equality:
    E.g. household organization from the perspective of gender equality, use of parental leave by men and women, and related attitudes;
  • Solidarity between and within generations:
    E.g. childcare provision by older persons, care provided to older persons, monetary transfers between generations, and attitudes on care;
  • In the age of old age:
    E.g. economic and emotional well-being, living conditions, transition to retirement, consequences of early life experience on life at older age, and gender relations between older persons;
  • Breaking down barriers by integrating young people:
    E.g. transition to adulthood, residential independence, economic independence and integration into the labour market, increasing age at family formation, poverty and social exclusion of young people, and integration of young immigrants or second-generation immigrants.

These sessions will each include:

  • A keynote presentation summarizing the state of the art and showing new policy-relevant empirical findings;
  • Statements by policymakers highlighting the challenges facing their countries, and addressing how research could better support resolving these challenges;
  • Up to two selected research contributions based on the new data from the GGP;
  • Statements from the floor and a discussion moderated by a discussant.

The concluding session will feature summary statements by the rapporteurs, and a discussion on the modalities of further international cooperation in this area.

Participants

It is envisaged that UNECE Governments will be represented at the Conference by officials involved with the formulation and/or implementation of population-related policies.

The national experts involved with GGP - members of the GGP International Working Group - have been invited to participate and provide contributions based on the Programme. International and accredited NGOs are also expected to participate.

Registration

To facilitate arrangements, member States are kindly requested to communicate to the UNECE secretariat the composition of their delegations by the end of February 2008. The deadline for sending completed registration forms is 15 April 2008.

An electronic registration form will be made available on the "Registration" tag of the conference website.

Languages and interpretation services

English, French and Russian will be the working languages of the Conference. Statements made in any of these languages will be interpreted.

Documentation

The UNECE secretariat will prepare a background paper that will be distributed in mid-April. Keynote speeches and presentations will be made available at the Conference. The report will be completed shortly after the Conference. Provisions have been made to publish the edited proceedings of this Conference by the end of this year. Documents and other background material will be made available on the "Documents" tag of the conference website.

Background

Current demographic developments in Europe have important and far-reaching implications across all spheres of society, affecting economic development, social cohesion, sustainability and equity, and posing key challenges to public policies. The recent UNECE Ministerial Conference on Ageing (León, Spain, November 2007) discussed policy responses to population ageing and concluded with a Ministerial Declaration on further actions and priorities in this regard. Discussion on ageing and other salient areas of population-related policies has been carried out in the context of the Programme of Action of the International Conference for Population and Development (ICPD, Cairo, 1994) and its follow-up. In the context of the 5- and 10-year appraisal of the ICPD Programme of Action, the UNECE convened the Regional Population Meeting (Budapest, 1998) and the European Population Forum (Geneva, 2004). The final documents of those meetings provide a broader context for deliberations at the upcoming Conference, and for the discussion on modalities of the 15-year appraisal of the ICPD Programme of Action in particular.

At the International Meeting on Generations & Gender (Geneva, 2000), member States invited the UNECE secretariat to organize another round of region-wide data collection and research on population issues, building on the successful experience with such cooperation programmes in the 1980s and the 1990s. That meeting initiated the GGP, which is becoming a compelling source of policy-relevant research on population issues in the UNECE region. The Programme comprises: (a) a survey covering a broad range of influences on demographic behaviour, (b) a related contextual database of national and regional trends and policies on these issues, and (c) analyses of these data. The vital role of research in developing effective policies and programmes was again emphasized in the Declaration adopted at the recent León Ministerial Conference on Ageing (2007) as well as in the conclusions of the European Population Forum (Geneva, 2004). Integration of the GGP with policy discussion is expected to contribute to the better use of research findings in policymaking.

Contact details

Population Activities Unit
UN Economic Commission for Europe
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
e-mail: ggp@unece.org
fax +41 22 917 0107.

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Opening of the Conference

 

Mr Marek Belka, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

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Mr. Koço Barka, Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Albania

 

 

 

Ms Urve Palo, Minister of Population and Ethnic Affairs, Estonia

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Ms Liudmila Denisova, Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Ukraine

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Policy discussion and research on generations and gender

 

Mr Andres Vikat, Chief of the Populations Activities Unit, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

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Ms Siri Tellier, Director, United Nations Population Fund Geneva Office

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Mr Julius op de Beke, Socio-Economic Analyst, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, European Commission

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Ms Agnes von Maravic, Head of Family Policies Section, Council of Europe

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Panel Discussion (a): Very low birth rates

 

 

Chair/Moderator

Ms Janina Józwiak, Director, Institute of Statistics and Demography, Warsaw School of Economics, Poland

 

 

 

Rapporteur

Ms Duška Kneževic Hocevar, Senior Research Fellow, Sociomedical Institute, Scientific Research Centre at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Slovenia

 

 

 

Keynote speech

The happiness commonality: Fertility decisions in low-fertility settings
Mr Francesco C. Billari
Director and Professor, Carlo F. Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Italy

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Research contributions

Are fertility intentions a relevant measure for policy purposes?
Mr Dimiter Philipov, Leader of Research Group on Comparative European Demography, Vienna Institute of Demography, Austria

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The spread of and access to infertility treatment in four GGP-countries
Ms Inge Pasteels, Research Centre for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, University of Antwerp, Belgium

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Policy statements

Estonia: Ms Mare Ainsaar, Counsellor to the Minister of Population and Ethnic Affairs

 

 

 

 

Slovenia: Mr Janez Malacic, Professor, Faculty of Economics, Statistical Institute, University of Ljubljana

 

 

 

 

Panel Discussion (b): Realities of parenthood and childbearing

 

 

Chair/Moderator

Ms Siri Tellier, Director, United Nations Population Fund Geneva Office

 

 

 

Rapporteur

Mr Jürgen Dorbritz, Senior Researcher, Federal Institute for Population Research, Germany

 

 

 

Keynote speech

Realities of Parenthood and the Second Child
Ms Michaela Kreyenfeld
Professor, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research / Rostock University, Germany

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Research contributions

Transition to the second child in partnerships of different type in Russia
Mr Sergei V. Zakharov, Deputy Director, Institute of Demography, State University – Higher School of Economics, Russian Federation

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Realities of parenthood and childbearing: Second nest parents
Mr Gijs Beets, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, The Netherlands

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Policy statements

Romania: Ms Ileana Carmen Manu, Director, Directorate of social services and social assistance rights, Specialist in geriatrics and gerontology, Ministry of Labour, Family and Equal Opportunities

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Slovenia: Ms Majda Erzar, Director General, Directorate for Family Affairs, Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs

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Panel Discussion (c): Walking the tightrope of career and family

 

 

Chair/Moderator

Mr Werner Haug, Director, Population Studies and Household Surveys, Swiss Federal Statistical Office, Switzerland

 

 

 

Rapporteur

Ms Martine Corijn, Research Center of the Flemish Government, Research Center of the Flemish Government, Belgium

 

 

 

Keynote speech

Work-family balance and childbearing intentions in France, Germany and Russia
Ms Ariane Pailhé
Head, Unit of Economic Demography, Institut National d´Etudes Démographiques, France

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Research contributions

Realization of fertility intentions: A focus on gender related labour market effects and on child related benefits
Mr Zsolt Spéder, Director, Demographic Research Institute, Hungarian Central Statistical Office, Hungary

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Relative employment positions of partners and gender relations in the framework of women-friendly policies in France and Russia
Ms Oxana Sinyavskaya, Deputy Director, Independent Institute for Social Policy, Russian Federation

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Policy statements

Germany: Ms Nina Parra, Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

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Lithuania: Ms Violeta Murauskaite, Secretary, Ministry of Social Security and Labour

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France: Ms Jacqueline Gottely-Fayet, Responsable de la mission des études, de la recherche et des statistiques, Service des droits des femmes et de l'égalité

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Panel Discussion (d): Breaking down barriers by integrating young people

 

 

Chair/Moderator

Mr Helge Brunborg, Senior Researcher, Division for Social and Demographic Research, Statistics Norway, Norway

 

 

 

Rapporteur

Mr Arnstein Aassve, Professor, C.F. Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics, Bocconi University, Italy

 

 

 

Keynote speech

Circumstances of Young Adults
Mr John Hobcraft
Professor, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York, United Kingdom

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Research contributions

Transition to adulthood and leaving the parental home in the Czech Republic - consequences of housing affordability
Ms Sylva Höhne, Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs, Czech Republic

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Recent trends in the formation of marital and non-marital unions in Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Hungary
Ms Aiva Jasilioniene, Laboratory of Demographic Data, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany

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Policy statements

United Nations Population Fund: Mr Christopher Grollman, Youth policy researcher, CST Bratislava

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Panel Discussion (e): In the age of old age

 

 

Chair/Moderator

Ms Pearl Dykstra, Professor, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, The Netherlands

 

 

 

Rapporteur

Mr Patrick Deboosere, Research Associate, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

 

 

 

Keynote speech

In the age of old age - Living arrangements and family relationships affecting social integration of older adults in West, Central and East Europe
Ms Jenny Gierveld
Professor Emeritus, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, The Netherlands

 

 

 

Research contributions

The realisation of ‘active ageing’ in four European countries
Ms Kim Boudiny, Research Centre for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, University of Antwerp, Belgium

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Taking health into account in the analysis of intergenerational relations: a comparison of France and Germany
Mr Jacques Légaré, Professor Emeritus, Department of Demography, University of Montreal, Canada

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Policy statements

Canada: Ms Kathy O'Hara, Senior Associate Deputy Minister, Human Resources and Social Development Canada

 

 

 

 

Finland: Ms Päivi Voutilainen, Development Manager, Department for Family and Social Affairs, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

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Panel Discussion (f): Solidarity between and within generations

 

 

Chair/Moderator

Ms Marja-Liisa Parjanne, Ministerial Counsellor, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland

 

 

 

Rapporteur

Ms Oxana Sinyavskaya, Deputy Director, Independent Institute for Social Policy, Russian Federation

 

 

 

Keynote speech

Population ageing and intergenerational solidarity - Public opinion about the family-welfare state balance
Mr Svein Olav Daatland
Research Professor, NOVA – Norwegian Social Research, Norway

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Research contributions

Filial obligations in a cross-national perspective
Ms Pearl A. Dykstra, Professor, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, The Netherlands

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Cross-national comparison of the availability for familial support for elderly people
Mr Robert Naderi, Federal Institute for Population Research, Germany

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Policy statements

Armenia: Ms Galina Poghosyan, Chief Specialist, Family, Children and Women Issues Department Ministry of Labour and Social Issues

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Greece: Ms Kallirroi Nicolis, Expert in Geriatric Issues, Ministry of Health and Social Solidarity

 

 

 

 

United Kingdom: Mr Ian Moss, Head of Strategy Unit, Strategy Directorate, Department for Work and Pensions

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Panel Discussion (g): Moving towards gender equality

 

 

Chair/Moderator

Ms Jacqueline Gottely-Fayet, Responsable de la mission des études, de la recherche et des statistiques, Service des droits des femmes et de l'égalité, France

 

 

 

Rapporteur

Ms Romina Fraboni, Researcher, Istituto Nazionale di Statistica, Italy

 

 

 

Keynote speech

Moving towards gender equality
Ms Gerda Neyer
Head of the Laboratory of Population and Policy, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany

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Research contributions

Is the Czech Republic moving outwards gender equality?
Ms Jitka Rychtaríková, Professor, Department of Demography and Geodemography, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic

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Demographic change and filial responsibility – a comparative exploration
Ms Britt Slagsvold, Senior Researcher, NOVA – Norwegian Social Research, Norway

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Gender roles and gender asymmetry in Georgia and France
Ms Irina Badurashvili, Director, Georgian Centre of Population Research, Georgia

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Policy statements

Czech Republic: Ms Katerina Príhodová, Head of Family Policy Department, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

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Germany: Mr Christian Hoenisch, Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

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Moldova: Mr Sergiu Sainciuc, Deputy Minister of Economy and Trade

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Entering the Palais des Nations

To attend meetings at the Palais des Nations, you must register in advance. The registration form is available on the relevant conference secretariat’s website. You should return the completed form directly to the secretariat. Should the form not be available, you can use one of the following:  English version or French version.

Delegates enter the Palais through the Pregny Gate (Portail Pregny - see map) entrance, which faces the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) headquarters on the Route de Pregny . In order to obtain your identity badge from the Security Services, you will be asked to present a valid passport or a national identity card. Your badge is strictly for your own personal use. Please note that delays here are common and lengthy and delegates are unfortunately required to wait in the open air.

 

Personal luggage*
You may bring into the Palais only the type of luggage that is normally considered as carry-on luggage by airline companies e.g. computer bags, rucksacks and hand bags. Should you have large luggage, after you have received your identity badge, the luggage will be stored for you by the Security Service if sufficient space is available.

*Disclaimer: The United Nations Office at Geneva declines all responsibility for any luggage stored. All pieces of luggage found unattended may be impounded and disposed of by the Security Services. Any costs related to the latter action may be charged to the owner of the luggage.

Private vehicles (for members of permanent missions only)
Delegates may drive to the Palais des Nations and park their vehicles in the parking lots in the compound, provided they have been delivered a parking sticker.
Parking stickers are issued upon written request from the permanent missions. They can be collected from the Pass and Identification Unit of the Security and Safety Section at the Pregny Gate at the same time as the delegates’ security identification badges.

Making telephone calls in the Palais des Nations
All internal telephone numbers start with 7 and are followed by four digits. To make local Geneva calls, dial 0, followed by the prefix 022.

For other national or international calls, public telephones are at your disposal in the main foyers of the Palais. These accept prepaid cards and credit cards.

Where to find documents
Documents are available in limited quantities from the Distribution Service, located in office C.337, located on the third floor of the Palais, above door 6.  

Transport

Free travel from the airport
Effective January 2008, free tickets for public transport will be available from a machine in the baggage collection area (on the left hand side just before passing customs) at Geneva International Airport (Information GIA). This Unireso ticket allows you free use of public transport in Geneva for a period of 80 minutes. In the event of a ticket inspection on the Transports Publics Genevois, CFF (Swiss Railways) or Mouettes Genevoises (municipal ferries), anyone holding this type of ticket may be asked to show their airline ticket. If you are staying at a hotel, youth hostel or campsite, the establishment will offer you a “Geneva Transport Card”, which allows you to use public transport in Geneva free of charge during the period of your stay. (More information is available from Genève Tourisme or the establishment concerned.) 

Public transport (transports publics genevois)
In Geneva, public-transport tickets (TPG) must be purchased prior to boarding a tram, bus or ferry. Ticket machines are available at most stops. Travel cards or passes can be purchased at the main TPG centres (Rive, Cornavin and Bachet de Pesay) and at newsstands (including at the “Naville” kiosk in the Palais). Please note tickets are not available on the bus itself.

The Place des Nations (“Nations” stop) and Prégny Gate (“Appia” stop) entrances of the Palais are served by a number of tram and bus lines. The Place des Nations entrance, however is only for staff or delegates with a badge, valid identity document and accompanied by a staff member and who are not carrying luggage (laptops, rucksacks and hand bags are permitted). It is about a 500 metre walk uphill from the Place des Nations entrance to the Prégny entrance.

Buses 5, 8, F, V, Z stop at both “Nations” and “Appia”.

Buses 11, 22 and trams 13, 15 stop at “Nations”.

Transport from the airport to the Palais
Bus 28 goes from the airport to the Pregny Gate entrance (“Appia” stop), as well as to the Place des Nations (“Nations” stop).
Bus 5 goes from the airport to Nations


Taxis:
Taxis are readily available from the airport. They are metered, so costs will vary, but the journey from the airport into the city centre will usually cost around CHF 30. The following direct telephone number will ensure arrival within minutes: 022 331 41 33.

A taxi stand is located on Avenue de la Paix, 50 metres uphill from the Nations gate and are available any time. Taxis cannot enter the UN compound - passengers will have to get off at the Pregny or Nations gates.

HOTELS in Geneva

There are numerous hotels available in Geneva. For the list of the hotels and their locations, please consult the list provided and the map below.

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Report, including the chairperson's summary and list of speakers
ECE/AC.31/2008/2

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Annotated agenda
ECE/AC.31/2008/1

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Policy discussion and research on generations and gender
ECE/AC.31/2008/3

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List of participants

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Reference material

 

Generations and Gender Programme: concepts and guidelines

      Preface and contents

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      Part I: Survey concept and design

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      Part II: Contextual database

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European Population Forum (Geneva, 2004): summary of deliberations
A/59/61

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Ministerial Conference on Ageing (León, 2007): report, including the Declaration
ECE/AC.30/2007/2

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Regional Implementation Strategy for the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA/RIS)
ECE/AC.23/2002/2/Rev.6

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