Older persons must be integrated into development efforts at all levels, urges regional UN meeting

Press Release No: G/37/2017

12 September 2017

Bangkok (ESCAP News) – The need to address the challenges of population ageing in the Asia-Pacific region by integrating older persons into development efforts at all levels was highlighted at a high-level United Nations meeting which opened in Bangkok today.

More than 30 government representatives from the Asia-Pacific region, together with civil society, and academia are participating in the regional Intergovernmental Meeting on the Third Review and Appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA), hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) this week. The MIPAA was adopted by the United Nations in 2002 and its implementation will complement efforts to deliver on the globally agreed Sustainable Development Goals.

Opening the meeting, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP Dr. Shamshad Akhtar emphasized that every older person should enjoy the same dignity and human rights accorded to other members of society.