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2007 UNECE Ministerial Conference on Ageing, León

León, Spain, 6-8 November 2007

The 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 five years ago, the period of the so-called demographic bonus approached its end in most countries of the UNECE region and the need to adjust to demographic change became more acute. The Conference considered findings of national reviews, shared experiences and good practices and identified priorities for future action. It has been expected that the Conference adopted a ministerial declaration.

For more information please refer to the website of the conference.
León Proceedings, A Society for all ages: Challenges and Opportunities, weblink

1st Meeting of National Focal Points on Ageing

The website of the UNECE Population Activities Unit contains all information related to the follow-up to the UNECE Ministerial Conference on Ageing, including preparation for the 2007 UNECE conference on ageing.

For more information, such as information about the Meetings of the Focal Points, please visit the website below:

UNECE Population Activities Unit

Task Force

For the assistance in the implementation-process of the UNECE Regional Implementation Strategy (RIS) of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing a "Memorandum of Understanding" was signed between Austria and the UNECE in 2004 and as an essential feature thereof the "Task Force - Monitoring RIS" was established. The Task Force consists of representatives from the fields of politics, science and research.

Up to the present there have been four meetings in all - in Spain and in Vienna (2004), in Malta (2005) and in Copenhagen (2006).

Further this homepage www.monitorings.org has been established by the UN-affiliated European Centre for Welfare Policy and Social Research with financial support from the Federal Ministry of Social Security, Generations and Consumer Protection in order to inform the public about the political process of mainstreaming ageing-related issues and the accompanying control by the RIS. It will provide an overview of the instruments, activities and resources as well as figures and facts specific to the UNECE-member states so offering a protected area for the networking of all participants to the parties involved.

In a second stage the website shall be extended by the integration of databases. The objective is to place relevant information at the disposal of all interested parties, from state agencies and local authorities to participants from the NGO sector.

List of members (pdf format)

Follow-up Workshops

In order to initiate the indicators for the RIS follow-up process in the UNECE region, technical workshops are held, hosted by partner organizations. The first set of indicators ("Madrid Indicators") was initiated at the first workshop in Madrid, and covers four main topics: demography; income and wealth; labour market participation; and social protection and financial sustainability. The work on the second set started in Malta, and deals with care provision issues.


Communication from the Commission:
Green Paper "Confronting demographic change: a new solidarity between the generations" (pdf format)

Combating Age Barriers in Employment: a European portofolio of good practice, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (external website)

Council of Europe

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