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Getting started with mainstreaming ageing

10 November 2021 14:00 - 16:30
Online workshop Switzerland


Population ageing is one of the global demographic megatrends with continued and lasting impacts on sustainable development and the way we live and work in our societies. The UNECE region, currently accounting for around 30 per cent of the world's population aged 65 and older, is at the forefront of this trend. The transformative changes required to adapt societies to the implication of individual longevity and population ageing cannot be achieved without a whole-of-government and whole-of-society effort.

The UNECE Standing Working Group on Ageing issued Guidelines for Mainstreaming Ageing in 2021 to support governments in strategically considering and integrating ageing issues in all relevant policy fields and at all levels. They make concrete recommendations for establishing or strengthening the institutional mechanisms that form the backbone of a comprehensive, inclusive, forward-looking, and effective policy response to individual and population ageing.

The introductory online workshop will provide participants with an enhanced understanding of the concept of mainstreaming ageing and its value added as a policy strategy. Participants will obtain an overview of the steps involved in developing a Strategic Framework for Mainstreaming Ageing, how to get started, and tools and guidance available to help mainstreaming ageing in national policymaking.


Workshop Programme:

14h00 : Opening
14h10 : Why mainstream ageing
14h30 : Stages in developing a strategic framework
15h15 : 10 min break
15h25 : Getting started - interactive break-out session
16h15 : Sharing insights and wrapping up
16h30 : End of workshop


Learning objectives:

  • Enhanced understanding of the concept of mainstreaming ageing and its value added as a policy strategy
  • Enhanced knowledge of international guidance and tools available and how to get started


Target group:

National focal points on ageing, policymakers and other stakeholders with an interest in ageing related policy.


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