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Regional Commissions


Five commissions, comprising the countries of each main region of the world, contribute to policy formulation and implementation of MIPAA from a regional perspective. Concerned about the impact of ageing populations for social and economic development, the commissions are paying increasing attention to this issue, and some of them have adopted specific policies. At its 2004 session, the UN General Assembly encouraged those commissions that have not yet done so, to elaborate a regional strategy for the implementation of the Madrid Plan of Action. 


UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
UNECE is the main oversight body for the European regional implementation strategy for MIPAA and conducts follow-up reviews at its annual sessions. On this page you can find key UNECE documents on MIPAA implementation as well as links for further research.

UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC)
UNECLAC helps put the ideas from the MIPAA into effect by setting up conferences, meetings and training sessions for regional governmental and intergovernmental groups. UNECLAC's population and development unit assumes responsibility for MIPAA’s implementation and follow-up and meets biennially to review the progress of each member country and set goals for the next two years.  This page compiles ECLAC’s reports on MIPAA implementation and provides links to further research.

UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
UNESCAP facilitates two action plans on aging, the Macao and the Madrid Plan. UNESCAP’s Population and Social Integration Section organizes regional meetings, seminars and training sessions for its Member States and NGOS. UNESCAP also conduct regular regional surveys on aging to foster and monitor implementation of the Macao and Madrid plans of action on aging.  

UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA)
UNESCWA analyses the economic and social situation of older persons in the Middle East region and informs the public about older people’s rights and needs. The Commission helps governments develop and put national aging plans into action. ESCWA experts review country reports and evaluate the aging situation in the region. 

UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
In 2002 UNECA and the African Union (AU) adopted the Policy Framework and Plan of Action on Aging, developed by the AU with HelpAge International’s help. They wanted to guide Member States to design, implement, monitor and evaluate appropriate national polices and programs that would meet older people’s individual and collective needs.


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