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A Society for All Ages: Challenges and Opportunities

6 - 8 November 2007

León, Spain

The 2007 UNECE Ministerial Conference on Ageing reviewed the implementation of the UNECE Regional Implementation Strategy (RIS) of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA). Since the Strategy was adopted in 2002, the period of the so-called "demographic bonus" has approached its end in most countries of the UNECE region and the need to adjust to demographic change has become more acute. The Conference considered the findings of national reviews, shared experiences and good practices and identified priorities for future action. The Conference also adopted a Ministerial Declaration entitled "A Society for All Ages: challenges and opportunities.

Preparatory Process

In the first five-year cycle of the global review and appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA), the UN Commission for Social Development invited regional commissions to convene regional conferences to consider the findings of national reviews, share experiences and good practices, and identify priorities for future action. In the UNECE region, the Government of Spain has proposed to organize and host the UNECE Ministerial Conference on Ageing in León from 6 to 8 November 2007.

 

Implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing in the UNECE Region: Summary Report PDF
 
Panel A: Creating integrated approaches to mainstream ageing
 
Chairperson Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Spain Mr. Aurelio Fernandez Lopez
Rapporteur United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Mr. Alexandre Sidorenko PDF
Keynote Speaker United Nations Division for Social Policy and Development Mr. Johan Scholvinck PDF
 
Panelists
Austria, Federal Ministry of Social Affairs and Consumer Protection Ms. Erika Winkler PDF
Estonia, Ministry of Population and Ethnic Affairs Ms. Kristina Täht PDF
Serbia, Republic Institute for Social Protection Ms. Lidija Kozarcanin PDF
Turkey, State Planning Organisation Mr. Yusuf Yüksel PDF
European Commission Mr. Detlef Gerhardt  
NGO Lastavica, Serbia Ms. Sanja Miloradovic PDF
 
Panel B: Participation and social inclusion
 
Chairperson Expert on NGO issues, Germany Mr. Dirk Jarré
Rapporteur Netherlands, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports Ms. Anneke Augustinus PDF
Keynote Speaker University of Heidelberg, Germany Ms. Ursula Lehr PDF PDF
 
Panelists
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Directorate for Economic Planning Ms. Azemina Vukovic PDF
Greece, Ministry of Health and Social Solidarity Ms. Kallirroi Nicolis PDF
Ireland, National Council on Ageing and Older People Ms. Gabrielle Jacob PDF
Portugal, Ministry for Labour and Social Solidarity Ms. Odete Severino Soares PDF
Romania, Ministry of Labour, Family and Equal Opportunities Ms. Ileana Carmen Manu PDF
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy Mr. Zoran Vucev PDF PDF
United Nations Population Fund Office Ms. Siri Tellier  
Fédération Européenne des retraites et personnes agées, Belgium Mr. Bruno Costantini PDF
Resource Center for Elderly, affiliate of HelpAge International NGO, Kyrgyzstan Ms. Svetlana Bashtovenko  
 
Panel C: Towards a balanced care strategy
 
Chairperson Finland, National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health Ms. Vappu Taipale
Rapporteur Malta, Ministry of Health, Elderly and Community Care Mr. George Pavia PDF
Keynote Speaker United Nations International Institute on Ageing Mr. Joseph Troisi PDF
 
Panelists
Czech Republic, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs Mr. Petr Wija PDF
Israel, Ministry of Social Affairs and Services Mr. Avraham Bitzur PDF
Spain, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs Ms. Natividad Enjuto PDF  
Sweden, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs Mr. Niclas Jacobson PDF
United States of America, Department of Health and Human Services Ms. Josefina G. Carbonell PDF
ZIVOT 90, Czech Republic Mr. Oldrich Stanek PDF
 
Panel D: Living longer – working longer: challenges for education, labour market and social protection
 
Chairperson Armenia, Ministry of Labour and Social Issues Ms. Anahit Martirosyan
Rapporteur Estonia, Ministry of Population and Ethnic Affairs Ms. Kristina Täht PDF
Keynote Speaker European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research Mr. Bernd Marin  
 
Panelists
Cyprus, Social Welfare Services Ms. Toula Kouloumou PDF
Lithuania, Minister of Social Security and Labour Mr. Teodoras Medaiskis  
Russian Federation, Ministry of Health & Social Development Ms. Irina Bondarenko PDF
Spain, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs Mr. Octavio Granado PDF PDF
International Social Security Association Mr. Roland Sigg PDF PDF
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Mr. Asghar Zaidi PDF
AARP International Ms.Line Vreven PDF
 
Panel E: Intergenerational collaboration
 
Chairperson Sweden, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs Mr. Niclas Jacobson
Rapporteur France, Ministère du Travail, des Relations sociales et de la Solidarité Ms. Marie Keirle PDF
Keynote Speaker Germany, Federal Institute for Population Research Ms. Charlotte Höhn PDF
 
Panelists
Belgium, Study Center of the Flemish Government Ms. Lieve Vanderleyden PDF
Hungary, Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour Ms. Judit Ágnes Szabó PDF
Malta, Ministry of Health, Elderly and Community Care Mr. George Pavia PDF
Netherlands, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports Ms. Anneke Augustinus PDF
Council of Europe Mr. Vladimir Tchernega PDF
The OASIS Institute, United States of America Ms. Marylen Mann Jacobs PDF
 
Panel F: Focusing on opportunities: Active ageing
 
Chairperson University of Geneva, Switzerland Ms. Astrid Stuckelberger
Rapporteur United States of America, Department of Health and Human Services Mr. Edwin Walker PDF
Keynote Speaker International Federation on Ageing, United States of America Ms. Irene Hoskins PDF PDF
 
Panelists
Denmark, Ministry of Social Affairs Mr. Anders Lynge Madsen PDF
Finland, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health Ms. Marja-Liisa Parjanne PDF
France, Ministrére du travail, des relations sociales et de la solidarité Ms. Anne-Marie Tahrat PDF
Italy, Ministry of Social Solidarity Ms. Franca Donaggio PDF
Slovakia, Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family Mrs. Eva Zaujecova PDF
World Health Organization Dr. Louise Plouffe  
Germany, BAGSO - German National Association of Senior Citizens Organisations Ms. Ruth Brand PDF
Second Breath for the Elderly from Balti, Moldova Ms. Irina Baicalov PDF
 
Ministerial Panel 1: A Society for All Ages: Challenges and Opportunities
 
Chairperson Austria, Minister of Social Affairs and Consumer Protection Mr Erwin Buchinger
Rapporteur Finland, Director General, STAKES, National Research and Development Centre for
Welfare and Health
Ms Vappu Taipale  
 
Panelists
 
Belgium, Minister for Social Policy and Family Affairs (Brussels) Mr Emir Kir PDF
France, Secrétaire d'Etat chargée de la solidarité Mme Valérie Letard PDF
Italy, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Social Solidarity Ms Franca Donaggio PDF
Lithuania, Minister of Social Security and Labour Ms V.Blinkeviciute PDF
Serbia, The State Secretary of Labour and Social Policy Mr Zoran Martinovic PDF
Sweden, Minister for Elderly Care and Public Health Ms Maria Larsson PDF
Switzerland, Minister of Home Affairs of the Canton of Zug Ms Manuela Weichelt Picard PDF
United States of America, Assistant Secretary for Ageing, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Ms Josefina G. Carbonell PDF
Director, Dobroe Delo, Russian Federation Mr Eduard Kariukhin PDF
 
Statements from the floor:
EU Statement - on behalf of Mr José António Viera da Silva, Portuguese Minister for Labour and Social Solidarity PDF
Israel, on behalf of Mr Rafi Eitan Hantman, Minister for Senior Citizens PDF
Serbia, on behalf of Mr Rasim Ljajic, Minister of Labor, Employment, and Social Affairs PDF
 
Ministerial Panel 2 Session A: Adjusting Social Protection Systems, Work and Education to Population Ageing
 
Chairperson Russian Federation, Deputy Minister of
Health and Social Development
Ms Lyubov Glebova
Rapporteur European Centre for Social Welfare Policy
and Research
Mr Bernd Marin  
 
Panelists
 
Armenia, Minister of Labour and Social Issues Mr Aghvan Vardanyan PDF
Austria, Minister of Social Affairs and Consumer Protection Mr Erwin Buchinger PDF
Kyrgyzstan, Minister of Labour and Social Development Ms Abdullaeva Uktomhan  
Liechtenstein, Minister of Environment Mr Hugo Quaderer PDF 
Moldova, Minister of Social Protection, Family and Child Ms Galinas Balmos PDF PDF
International Social Security Association Mr Hans Horst Konkolewsky PDF
HelpAge International Mr Richard Blewitt PDF
 
Statements from the floor:
Bulgaria, on behalf of Mr Baki Hyuseinov, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy  
 
Ministerial Panel 2 Session B: Adjusting Social Protection Systems, Work and Education to Population Ageing
 
Chairperson Spain, Secretary of State for Social Services, Families and Persons with Disabilities Ms Amparo Valcarce García
Rapporteur Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Mr Asghar Zaidi  
 
Panelists
 
Andorra, Minister of Health, Family Welfare and Housing Ms Montserrat Gil Torné PDF
Malta, Junior Minister, Elderly and Community Care Ms Helen D'Amato PDF
Poland, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Labour and
Social Policy
Mr Kazimierz Kuberski PDF
Russian Federation, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Development Ms Lyubov Glebova PDF
Uzbekistan, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Protection Mr Batirzhan Bakiyevich Alimukhamedov  
 
Statements from the floor:
Slovakia, on behalf of Ms Viera Tomanová, Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Family PDF
Ukraine, on behalf of Mr Mykhailo Papiyev, Minister for Labour and Social Policy  
 
The NGO Declaration PDF
 
Main conclusions and recommendations of the research forum on ageing PDF
 

Registration > Informations for NGOs

The Civil Society Forum will take place in León, Spain on 5 November. The meeting is convened and hosted by the Institute for the Elderly and Social Services (IMSERSO) of the Spanish Ministry for Work and Social Affairs. The forum co-ordinator is Mr Dirk Jarre.

The UNECE secretariat is working closely with NGOs in preparation for the Ministerial Conference. NGO representatives participated in the meeting of the Preparatory Committee (link to the meeting page) and are contributing to the drafting process of the ministerial declaration (link to the declaration comments page). There will be a specific Civil Society Forum but it should be noted that the main conference is an intergovernmental one and that due to space constraints it is likely that only a limited number of NGO representatives will be able to follow the proceedings in the conference room. Overflow rooms will be provided with an audio-video link to the conference hall.

Modalities for registration of NGO representatives

 

All non-governmental organizations having consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, or having been accredited to the second World Assembly on Ageing and active in the UNECE region, are automatically accredited to the UNECE Ministerial Conference. The only requirement is to register through a completed registration form.

Other NGOs active in the UNECE region and interested in the field of ageing will have to seek accreditation with the UNECE according to the arrangements established by ECOSOC resolution 96/31. These NGOs should submit a completed registration form and one page of A4 containing a statement on the purpose of the organization they are representing.

Completed application forms and requests for accreditation have to be submitted to the UNECE Secretariat by 15 October 2007.

To register, please mail or fax the completed registration form to:

Population Activities Unit (PAU)
UNECE
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Telephone: + 41 22 917 2468
Telefax: + 41 22 917 0107

Or send an Email to ageing@unece.org indicating "NGO Registration for Len Ministerial Conference" as subject matter.

For further information please consult:

Registration > Practical Information

Shortly after we have received your registration form and accredited you, SIASA agency will contact you with regard to accommodation and flights.

Social Events

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Social events PDF PDF
 
Report
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Report of the Conference, including the Ministerial Declaration and chairperson’s summary of the Conference
ECE/AC.30/2007/2
ENG FRE  RUS  SPA 
 
 
Meeting Documents
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Draft Ministerial Declaration
ECE/AC.30/2007/L.1
ENG FRE RUS SPA
 
Annotated provisional agenda
ECE/AC.30/2007/1
ENG FRE RUS SPA
 
Annotated provisional agenda  -  Revised   - English only
ECE/AC.30/2007/L.1/Rev.1
ENG
 
Summary report on the implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing in the UNECE region
ECE/AC.30/2007/4
ENG FRE RUS SPA
 
List of participants ENG
 
 
Background material
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Report of the 1st meeting of the Preparatory Committee
ECE/AC.30/PC.1/2007/2
ENG FRE RUS 
 
MIPAA/RIS
ECE/AC.23/2002/2/Rev.6
ENG FRE RUS
 
Country reports on the implementation of MIPAA/RIS ENG