Side event on "Meeting the specific needs of older persons facing poverty – challenges and opportunities for social policymaking"

When, local time: 
Friday, 2 February 2018 -
1:15pm to 2:30pm
United States of America, New York
Type of Event: 
Meeting by Member States or Institutions
Golden Cecilie,

This side-event which will take place in the context of the 56th session of the Commission for Social Development (United Nations Headquarters, New York, 29 January - 7 February 2018). Co-organized by UNESCO's Management of Socials Transformations (MOST) Programme, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the event will be a contribution to the priority theme of the session which is “Strategies for the eradication of poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”.

Participants will among others be introduced to the outcome document of the first MOST Forum of Ministers of Social Development for Asia and the Pacific, which focused on “Building inclusive societies: ageing, women and social innovation” organized by the Government of Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur, March 2017.

The objective of the side event is to present the importance of knowledge, including social science, and the sharing of best practices among several stakeholders (for example, reducing inequalities, vulnerabilities and building resilience) in order to enhance policies for an inclusive society for all people of all ages).

As a contribution to the priority theme of the 56th session of the Commission, “Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”, the outcome of the MOST Ministerial Forum for the Asia-Pacific region in March 2017, focusing on “Building Inclusive societies: Ageing, Women and Social Innovation”, the Asia-Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting on the Third Review and Appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, held in Bangkok from 12 – 14 September 2017 and other regional events will be reported on as well as research findings and civil society actions.

The discussion will focus on:

1) addressing ageing in its multiple dimensions as a key strategy to reduce poverty

2) how social science community could effectively contribute to policy making process in this area

Three specific questions will be addressed:

1) How can the links and interactions between ageing and the dimensions of poverty (economic, political, social, cultural, environmental, spatial and knowledge-based) be better understood?

2) What is the evidence that unaddressed issues relating to ageing and poverty hampers sustained and inclusive growth and has negative impacts on the efforts to reduce poverty?

3) What are concrete strategies/policies that have proven to be successful in reducing poverty among older persons?