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Ageing in the Digital Era

Ageing in the Digital Era

UNECE Policy Seminar on Ageing

24 November 2021 10:00 - 17:30
Palais des Nations and online Geneva Switzerland


Digitalisation holds important promises for ageing populations. These include innovations, efficiency gains and cost-savings, including in the health and care sectors, the labour market, lifelong learning and social participation, as well as assistance and gains in autonomy and independence for older persons, whose physical and cognitive abilities are impaired. The 4th UNECE Policy Seminar on Ageing will focus on three policy challenges associated with ageing in the digital era: the need to enhance digital skills and literacy, the need to ensure access to services that increasingly move online, and the protection of human rights.

The policy seminar provided space for the exchange of experience between policy makers, civil society and the research community across UNECE member States.

Target Group
The Policy Seminar is designed for members of the Standing Working Group on Ageing as well as experts on digitalisation, civil society representatives, and other stakeholders.

Expected results
Peer learning about policy solutions developed to address the challenges of digitalisation for older persons and realize its benefits for ageing populations.


Background document
UNECE Policy Brief on Ageing No 26 on Ageing in the Digital Era



15266 _ Agenda of the Policy Seminar on Ageing _ 362683 _ English _ 773 _ 342626 _ pdf

Session 1: Enhancing digital skills and digital literacy among older persons

21195 _ Raymond Saner, Centre for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development (CSEND) _ 362686 _ English _ 773 _ 342629 _ pdf
21195 _ John Kiernan, Centre for Ageing Better, United Kingdom _ 362687 _ English _ 773 _ 342630 _ pdf

Session 3: Safeguarding human rights in the use of digital technologies

21196 _ Galina Poliakova, Age Concern Ukraine _ 362691 _ English _ 773 _ 342634 _ pdf


21197 _ Biographies of Speakers _ 362694 _ English _ 773 _ 342639 _ pdf


23082 _ Report _ 364149 _ English _ 773 _ 345789 _ pdf