Regional Expert Forum on Integrated Care for Older Persons

Date: 
17 Mar 2017 to 19 Mar 2017
Location: 
Nanjing, China

ESCAP organized the Regional Expert Forum on Integrated Care for Older Persons from 17 to 19 March 2017 in Nanjing, China. More than sixty participants had been drawn from governments in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as think tanks, academic institutions, civil society, older persons organizations, UN organizations, specialized agencies, sustainable development practitioners, and independent experts.The Forum took place within the context of the forthcoming Third Regional Review of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing and within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The objectives of the Forum were as follows:
1. To review and exchange good practices and experiences that focus on three priority areas, namely:
a. Human resource requirements for meeting the needs of an ageing society;
b. Availability and use of appropriate technology to enhance the access of older persons to services, including health and long-term care services;
c. Gender dimensions of ageing in the Asia-Pacific region.

2. To increase awareness on the key challenges and opportunities for effectively addressing population ageing and promoting the rights of older persons in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Forum focused on critical measures to address population ageing and promote the rights of older persons in the region. In particular, the key outcomes of analytical studies conducted on the three above-mentioned priority areas of focus were discussed. The Forum also highlighted good practices and guidelines that policymakers would consider while formulating a comprehensive framework on long-term care of older persons, which was both financially sustainable and safeguards the rights of older persons.