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Fourth review and appraisal of MIPAA/RIS in the UNECE region

The implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) and its UNECE Regional Implementation Strategy (RIS), both adopted in 2002, are periodically reviewed and appraised every five years.

The fourth review and appraisal took place in 2021-2022. In their national progress reviews, UNECE member States appraised the progress made towards the goals of the 2017 Lisbon Ministerial Declaration.

Timeline of the 4th review and appraisal of MIPAA/RIS

Secretary General Report and ECOSOC Resolution on the modalities of the fourth review and appraisal of MIPAA.

Participatory review process

Member States were encouraged to engage civil society and older persons in the review and appraisal of MIPAA/RIS implementation.

An online workshop on Making participation meaningful: bringing governments and civil society together was organized by BAGSO, AGE Platform Europe, the NGO Committee on Ageing Geneva, the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and UNECE Population Unit to guide national reviews. The event, held on 21 April 2021, was attended by close to 200 policy makers, researchers and civil society organisations and UN agencies.

Healthy and Active Ageing in a Sustainable World

In the 4th review and appraisal of MIPAA/RIS, UNECE member States were also invited to cover the following:

  • Activities related to the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing 2021-2030
  • Participation in the Global Campaign to Combat Ageism
  • Contribution of ageing-related policies to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda
  • COVID-19 response and lessons learned

An online workshop providing guidance on these aspects was held on 19 May 2021 on Healthy and Active Ageing in a Sustainable World: Synergies between international initiatives on ageing - one reporting exercise.

National reports

40 national reports on MIPAA/RIS implementation between 2017-2022 were submitted in 2021/2022.

Regional Synthesis

Based on the 40 national reports received, a regional synthesis report was prepared, highlighting achievements and challenges in the implementation of MIPAA/RIS between 2017 and 2022 and identifying priority areas to address going forward. The report also addresses the contributions of ageing policies to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and how countries in the region managed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on older persons.

Ageing Policy in Europe, North America and Central Asia in 2017-2022

20 years of MIPAA/RIS implementation

the 4th review and appraisal marked a 20 year milestone in the implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing and its Regional Implementation Strategy for the UNECE region, both adopted in 2022.

The MIPAA/RIS Report highlights progress in policy development and shifts in the way ageing societies adapt to demographic change. It provides an overview of the broad array of measures through which countries in the region have been paving the way toward societies for all ages.

MIPAA/RIS+20: 20 years of action towards creating societies for all ages in the UNECE region

UNECE Ministerial Conference on Ageing

The UNECE Ministerial Conference on Ageing 2022, which took place in Rome, Italy, from 16 to 17 June 2022, completed the fourth review and appraisal cycle (2017-2022).

Under the broad theme of "Joining forces for solidarity and equal opportunities throughout life" expert panels and ministerial round tables focused on:

  1. Promoting active and healthy ageing throughout life
  2. Ensuring access to long term care and support for carers and families
  3. Mainstreaming ageing to advance a society for all ages

The Ministerial Conference on Ageing was organized by UNECE in collaboration with the UNECE Standing Working Group on Ageing and the Government of Italy.

A joint Forum of Civil Society and Scientific Research preceded the Ministerial Conference on 15 June 2022.

The 2022 Rome Ministerial Declaration, adopted at the Conference, set the policy agenda for MIPAA/RIS implementation between 2022-2027.

All documents related to the Ministerial Conference are available on the Conference web page.

Commission of Social Development - global review

The 61st Session of the United Nations Commission for Social Development (CSocD61) will take place from 6 to 15 February 2023. One of the four major programs that will be reviewed during the event is the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing of 2002.

The global Review Report presents the conclusions of the fourth review and appraisal exercise carried out by Member States and coordinated through the regional commissions. It provides an overview of the review and appraisal process in each region and identifies progress and challenges in the implementation of the Madrid Plan of Action. It contains the following key recommendations for member States:

  • In response to the largely irreversible shift towards older populations and the collective actions and policy decisions needed to shape its impact, consider and make a recommendation on how best to utilize the year 2027, on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Second World Assembly on Ageing, so as to accelerate the realization of a society for all ages;
  • Consider the good practices and shortcomings identified in national and regional levels of review and appraisal in accelerating implementation of the Madrid Plan of Action;
  • Work individually and collaboratively to promote and protect the human rights of older persons, including through efforts devoted to developing an international legal instrument;
  • Request the regional commissions to continue to facilitate the accelerated implementation of the Madrid Plan of Action based on the priorities identified in the respective outcomes of the regional review and appraisal exercise, including through their intergovernmental bodies and the provision of capacity-building support to Member States, upon request, to ensure that ageing is mainstreamed into policy documents;
  • The Madrid Plan of Action, the 2030 Agenda and the United Nations Decade of Healthy Ageing (2021-2030) complement each other. Member States are invited to focus on the synergies between them when reporting or reviewing and appraising the respective documents.

Draft resolution submitted by the Vice-Chair of the Commission, Daniel Zavala Porras (Costa Rica), on the basis of informal consultation. This resolution will accompany the conclusion of MIPAAs 4th review cycle by CSocD.