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Subregional Meeting on Enhancing Long-Term Care and Social Participation of Older Persons in East and North-East Asia

03 November 2011 - 04 November 2011
Incheon, Republic of Korea


  1. Background
    About 31 percent of the world's older persons (65 years and over) live in the East and North-East Asian (ENEA) subregion. Within Asia, 55% of them live in this subregion. ENEA is also the fastest ageing subregion in the world, and the Republic of Korea, with an average age of 37.9 years in 2010, is projected to become one of the countries with highest average age in the world by 2050, with an average age of 51.8 years. Such rapid change in the population structure, if unaccompanied by appropriate policies and programmes, will have a far-reaching impact on people's lives, from labour, transportation and housing issues to social protection schemes including pension and old-age medical benefits.

    In order to face these challenges, Member States of the United Nations adopted a comprehensive set of guidelines for action in 2002, entitled the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA). In 2013, the second global review of progress made in the implementation of MIPAA will take place. A number of regional reviews are underway as a contribution to this conference.

    The present meeting seeks to contribute to the MIPAA review undertaken at the global, regional and national-levels by shedding light on how communities, where older persons lead their everyday life, are coping with this. The goal is to share good practices from the subregional countries with each other ad outside.

    This Subregional meeting will bring together policy-makers and policy-implementers at the national and local levels, as well as representatives of older persons' associations from the subregion to discuss enhancing long-term care and active participation of older persons in the communities where their daily life is anchored. It is held as a follow-up to the Regional Forum on Elderly Care Services in Asia and the Pacific, held on 21-22 January 2011 in Nanjing, China, and aims to provide a subregional perspective on enhancing long-term care.

  2. Objectives

    • To share good practices (policies and initiatives) on Enhancing Long-Term Care and Social Participation of Older Persons.
    • To build a network of subregional stakeholders to make available new information and analysis that would help national policymakers identify gaps and cross-cutting issues.
    • To formulate a subregional perspective and recommendations on enhancing long-term care based on local/community-level experiences.
    • To review the impact of MIPAA at the community-level, as guided by UN DESA-issued "Guidelines for review and appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing: Bottom-up participatory approach"

  3. Participants: Researchers, policy-makers and policy-implementers at the national and local levels, and representatives of older persons' organizations.

  4. Participating Countries: China, Japan, Mongolia, the Republic of Korea, and the Russian Federation