Madrid International Plan: 10 Years Later

Date: 14 August 2012

 

The Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, adopted in April 2002, marked a turning point in how the world looked at ageing.  The report had delineated guidelines for policy development and implementation, made suggestions for mainstreaming ageing issues into government agendas, and helped promote dialogue in the information exchange.

 

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSDP) have been focusing on social development issues including ageing, disability, employment, social integration and social protection, as a means to implement the Madrid Plan.

 

After 10 years of implementation, DESA and DSDP are conducting a questionnaire to assess the need for support and servicing in order to facilitate agreement on international standards and resolutions.

 

With your help and experience, the Departments can strengthen their work while considering the challenges you face in your hard work and dedication to ageing care.

 

Organizations sometimes overlook participation in such opportunities because it is hard to feel the impact on the ground, in the every-day care giving.  However, with every bit of input and recommendations from experts in the field, the UN can help improve the use of information and communication, and fulfill their role in the international arena.

 

On October 1, organizations around the globe will celebrate the UN International Day of Older People, bringing countries together to share their achievements, raise awareness and support communities. For instance, HelpAge International will be running a campaign “Age Demands Action” to help celebrate this day. October 1 will be both a celebration of Old People, and a celebration of our accomplishments over the last ten years.

 

To Participate:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ngo-questionnaire-csocd  

Due: September 17, 2012

Questions: Contact Mr. Amine Lamrabat at ngo@un.org and Ms. Nan Jiang at jiang2n@un.org  

 

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