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Mainstreaming Ageing

By 2050 about one in every four persons in the UNECE region will be over the age of 65. Population ageing affects almost all aspects of society. The transformative change required to adapt societies to the implications of population ageing and individual longevity cannot be achieved without a whole-of-government and whole-of-society effort. For this reason, mainstreaming ageing - that is the systematic integration of ageing issues across all relevant policy fields and at all policy levels - was recommended by the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) and included as a commitment in the UNECE Regional Implementation Strategy for MIPAA.

UNECE supports member States in developing national mainstreaming strategies through technical guidance, the exchange of good practices and tailor-made Road Maps for Mainstreaming Ageing.



Guidelines for Mainstreaming Ageing

Mainstreaming ageing is a strategy, process and multi-dimensional effort of integrating ageing issues into all policy fields and all policy levels. The Guidelines for Mainstreaming Ageing provide policymakers with suggestions on how to advance or improve their mainstreaming efforts, considering ageing both from a societal and individual life-course perspective. They draw on the methodology of UNECE Road Maps for Mainstreaming Ageing and country experiences gained over close to 20 years of implementing the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing in the UNECE region.

Executive Summary

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Country Notes

In 2019-2020, UNECE member States shared national mainstreaming policies and approaches as part of a region-wide stocktaking exercise on mainstreaming ageing strategies, structures, methods and tools. The Country Notes informed the development of the UNECE Guidelines for Mainstreaming Ageing.

Austria | Belgium | Bulgaria | Canada | Finland | France | Germany | IrelandIsrael | Italy | Portugal | Republic of Moldova | SlovakiaSpain | Sweden



The tools below form part of the UNECE Mainstreaming Ageing Toolkit that we are developing to support the implementation of the Guidelines for Mainstreaming Ageing. They provide guidance on "Getting started" - the first stage in developing a Strategic Framework for Mainstreaming Ageing.



Getting started with mainstreaming ageing: introductory online workshop, 10 November 2021


Road Maps

Road Maps provide a guide for countries to deliver on their commitment to implementing the Madrid International Plan of Action and its Regional Implementation Strategy (MIPAA and RIS).
They identify concrete actions relevant to the economic, social, cultural and political specificities of the country.

Road Maps are developed upon the request by member States using a comprehensive participatory process: not only the Government but also civil society, academia, the private sector and of course older people themselves are consulted so that the recommendations made reflect the views of all sectors of society.

The following Road Maps for Mainstreaming Ageing have been developed to date:

Road Map Belarus
Road Map Georgia
Road Map Moldova
Road Map Armenia


UNECE Policy Brief (2009)








Population ageing has important and far-reaching implications across all spheres of society. Ageing-related issues therefore need to be integrated into all policy fields in order to bring societies and economies in harmony with demographic change. This policy brief looks at how Governments can do this and provides selected examples. It also addresses the way in which all age groups can be equally involved in designing, implementing and evaluating ageing-related policies and programmes.