commissions, comprising the countries of each main region of the world,
contribute to policy formulation and implementation of MIPAA from a
regional perspective. Concerned
about the impact of ageing populations for social and economic
development, the commissions are paying increasing attention to this
issue, and some of them have adopted specific policies. At its 2004
session, the UN General Assembly encouraged those commissions that have
not yet done so, to elaborate a regional strategy for the implementation
of the Madrid Plan of Action.
Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
is the main oversight body for the European regional implementation
strategy for MIPAA and conducts follow-up reviews at its annual sessions. On
this page you can find key UNECE documents on MIPAA implementation as well
as links for further research.
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC)
helps put the ideas from the MIPAA into effect by setting up conferences,
meetings and training sessions for regional governmental and
and development unit assumes responsibility for MIPAA’s implementation
and follow-up and meets biennially to review the progress of each member
country and set goals for the next two years. This page compiles ECLAC’s reports on MIPAA implementation and provides
links to further research.
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
two action plans on aging, the Macao and the Madrid Plan. UNESCAP’s
Population and Social Integration Section organizes regional meetings,
seminars and training sessions for its
and NGOS. UNESCAP also conduct regular regional
surveys on aging to foster and monitor implementation of the
plans of action on aging.
Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA)
UNESCWA analyses the economic and social situation of older persons in the Middle East region and informs the public about older people’s rights and needs. The Commission helps governments develop and put national aging plans into action. ESCWA experts review country reports and evaluate the aging situation in the region.
Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
In 2002 UNECA and the African Union (AU) adopted the Policy Framework and Plan of Action on Aging, developed by the AU with HelpAge International’s help. They wanted to guide Member States to design, implement, monitor and evaluate appropriate national polices and programs that would meet older people’s individual and collective needs.