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Ageing - Countdown to 2002: No. 3, January 2001

Newsletter of the United Nations programme on ageing: UN Secretariat for the World Assembly on Ageing.

The United Nations programme on ageing submits a first draft of the revised International Plan of Action on Ageing to the Preparatory Committee for the Second World Assembly on Ageing.

Preparatory Committee for the Second World Assembly on Ageing

At the center of the substantive debate leading towards the Second World Assembly in 2002 is the revision of the International Plan of Action on Ageing. The Preparatory Committee for the Second World Assembly will review the draft of the revised Plan, prepared by the United Nations programme on ageing, at its first meeting, from 26 February to 2 March 2001, immediately following the regular substantive session of the Commission for Social Development (13 - 23 February). It is also expected that the Preparatory Committee will agree on modalities for the participation of NGOs in the World Assembly and its preparatory process, as well as the format of the Assembly.

Preparations Continue

The Government of Spain will soon appoint a committee to oversee and develop the agenda for the World Assembly on Ageing. Meanwhile, the programme on ageing continues to facilitate input from various sectors for inclusion into the preparatory process. The second meeting of the Technical Committee was held in the Dominican Republic from 24 to 27 October 2000, with the financial support of the Government of Spain. Experts discussed and advised the Secretariat on the redrafting of the Plan of Action. A report of the second meeting, as well as the first, can be accessed on the ageing web site.

The General Assembly decided, in resolution 54/262, that the Commission for Social Development shall serve as the preparatory committee for the Second World Assembly on Ageing. To this end, the Commission for Social Development, in its decision 38/100, requested the Secretary-General to establish an in-session open-ended working group of the thirty-ninth session of the Commission for Social Development, devoted to the revision of the Plan of Action on Ageing and elaboration of a long-term strategy for presentation to the Second World Assembly. A draft of the revised Plan of Action can be viewed on the ageing website.

Parallel efforts to engage the technical as well as the political process for 2002 are ongoing from all sectors. An international conference on rural ageing was held in West Virginia in June 2000. The West Virginia University Center on Aging organized the conference in collaboration with the United Nations programme on ageing, the World Health Organization and the International Association of Gerontology.

The Economic Commission for Africa hosted an expert group meeting on sustainable social structures in a society for all ages in Addis Ababa in May 2000. The United Nations programme on ageing collaborated with HelpAge International to organize the meeting, with the aim of identifying the challenges of ageing vis-à-vis family and community. The Department for International Development of the Government of the United Kingdom financially supported the meeting. A report of the four-day meeting can be accessed on the ageing web site.

A panel on Ageing and Development was held at the United Nations on 4 October 2000 to explore adequate responses to the consequences of population ageing and ways to enhance opportunities for older persons to be involved in the development process. The United Nations Population Fund financially supported the meeting, and collaborated with the United Nations programme on ageing to organize it. In addition, a panel on Ageing and the World of Work was held at the United Nations on 6 October 2000. The meeting was co-sponsored by the International Labour Organization, who also financially supported the meeting, and the United Nations programme on ageing.

The International Day of Older Persons in 2000, organized by the New York NGO Committee on Ageing in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Public Information and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, was marked by an all-day event at headquarters under the theme, Towards a Society for All Ages: Continuing the Mission of the International Year of Older Persons. The Fédération internationale des associations de personnes âgées (FIAPA) addressed ageing issues confronting its regional members at a celebration of its 20th anniversary in Brussels in October 2000, with members from Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The International Federation on Ageing held their 5th Global Conference on Ageing in Mar del Plata Argentina in September 2000, which focussed on a wide array of challenges in the new millenium. The Pan American Health Organization held a forum in El Salvador on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing in the Central American Region in November 2000. The International Association of Gerontology held a meeting in Salsomaggiore, Italy in December 2000, in collaboration with the United Nations programme on ageing, to discuss the final elements of the Research Agenda on Ageing.

Department of Economic and Social Affairs Division for Social Policy and Development
UN Programme on Ageing - The United Nations Secretariat
For the World Assembly on Ageing
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