Key networks supporting the RIS follow-up process:

Working Group on Ageing

The Working Group on Ageing was established in 2008 with the aim to better integrate country-level expertise on ageing into UNECE work and to ensure that UNECE activities in this field continue to correspond to the needs of member States. The Working Group is an intergovernmental body and a subsidiary of the UNECE Executive Committee. The already existing network of national focal points, established in the framework of implementation and review of the MIPAA/RIS and for preparing the Leén Ministerial Conference, provides a basis for the Working Group. They are representatives of national authorities dealing with ageing in the UNECE member States, as well as representatives of international governmental and non-governmental organisations. Both the national focal points on ageing (now members of the Working Group) and the Task Force (constituted in Madrid in April 2004 with the purpose to "to offer guidance and advice to the contents and priorities of the follow-up") played an important role in the follow-up of to the Regional Implementation Strategy (RIS) of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA, 2002) and in the establishment of the Working Group on Ageing.

More Information on the Working Group on Ageing

More Information on Focal Points
First Meeting of National Focal Points

More Information on the Task Force

NGO Network on Monitoring RIS

This Network is conceived as the NGO counterpart to the Network of National Focal Points on Ageing. Members of the NGO Network on Monitoring RIS are national NGOs that are specifically committed to watch age policies and social policy measures in their respective countries, thus giving a civil-society view of the progress made in the implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing and its Regional Implementation Strategy. Their representatives act as resource persons vis-a-vis Government representatives and civil society at large in their respective countries.

Members of the NGO Network on Monitoring RIS spread knowledge about the MIPAA and RIS texts among grass roots organisations, engage in an exchange of information with Network members and other actors of the follow-up process in other UNECE Member States, and are a source of information for national Governments and International Institutions.

List of member NGOs

Mainstreaming Ageing Experts

The European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research is much obliged to a great number of external experts, who contributed in various forms to the project MA:IMI - Mainstreaming Ageing: Indicators to Monitor Implementation. Follow-up phase of the "Monitoring RIS for the MIPAA". In particular, we are grateful to all contributing authors of the book "Mainstreaming Ageing: Indicators to Monitor Sustainable Progress and Policies", to participants of the technical workshop in Madrid (April 2004), and in Vienna (February 2006). The contributions of participants of the Finnish EU Presidency Conference "Challenges in Combating Pensioner Poverty" are also gratefully acknowledged.

List of experts (pdf format)