The third review of the Madrid International Plan of Action will take place in 2017. ECOSOC Resolution 2015/5 gives a strong mandate to regional commissions to conduct the review. Research products as well as preparatory meetings at the regional levels will serves as inputs to the regional and global review of MIPAA. The second global review and appraisal of Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing was undertaken in 2013 at the Commission for Social Development.
As part of the regional review of the Madrid International Plan of Action, ESCAP led three key preparatory processes for the Asia-Pacific region: (i) the Regional Preparatory Meeting organized by ESCAP, and hosted by the Government of China, in Beijing in November 2011; (ii) a regional intergovernmental survey on progress and challenges thus far in the implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action: and (iii) the Asia-Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting on the Second Review and Appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action, held in September 2012, in Bangkok.
The regional review at the Asia-Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting in 2012 led to the adoption of the Bangkok Statement on the Asia-Pacific Review of the Implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, which served as the region’s input to the global review of second global review and appraisal of MIPAA.
Advancing health and well-being into old age
As the population grows older the need for health-care and long-term care services is expected to increase considerably and elderly care is consequently a key component addressed under Advancing health and well-being into old age, one of the three pillars of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA).
The limited capacity to meet the rising demands for elderly care services was identified as one of the critical challenges for the region, during the Asia-Pacific consultations held in preparation for the second review and appraisal of the MIPAA in 2012, and it is addressed in the recommendations of the 2012 Bangkok Statement on the Asia-Pacific Review of the Implementation of the MIPAA.
To respond to the needs of member States, ESCAP is implementing a project in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Welfare, China, to provide guidance and promote the exchange of good practices on health-care and long-terms care services in the ESCAP region. This work builds upon the work ESCAP has been doing over the years on elderly care services.
Promoting income security for older persons
|Income security for older persons is another important element of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA). Currently, many older persons do not have access to adequate income security. Only a relatively small percentage of the current working population contributes to a pension scheme, which risks leaving future generations of older persons without income security. To respond to the needs of member States, ESCAP is implementing a project in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Welfare of the Republic of Korea to assess the status of prevailing pension systems in the Asia-Pacific region as well as identify good practices and areas for reform.||
Survey Questionnaire for Third Review of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing
In a context of increasing population ageing, ECOSOC resolution 2015/5* mandated regional commissions to play a central role in facilitating the third review of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA), approved in 2002, to be conducted by Member States. ESCAP will therefore assist Member States in organizing their national review and appraisal exercises; organizing regional review meetings using an inclusive and coordinated approach in relation to the participation of civil society in the process; promoting networking and the sharing of information; and providing an analysis of the main findings and identifying priority areas and policy responses by 2017.
A cornerstone in analyzing progress of MIPAA implementation will be a MIPAA review survey conducted among ESCAP Member States. Government responses to the survey will provide a basis for the preparation of the Asia-Pacific regional report, which will be submitted as an input to the Secretary-General’s global report as well as considered by ESCAP member States at the Regional Review Meeting on the Implementation of MIPAA in Asia and the Pacific, which will be convened in Bangkok in the second half of 2017.
The MIPAA survey questionnaire with instructions for completion can be downloaded here.