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Portugal will host the next UNECE Ministerial Conference on Ageing - A sustainable society for all ages: Realizing the potential of living longer - in Lisbon (21st and 22nd of September). The aim is to convene the responsible ministers of the 56 Member States of UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) and relevant entities, such as the United Nations, the European Commission and the International Labour Organisation.

In April 2002, the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPPA) was adopted within the framework of the United Nations to respond to the opportunities and challenges of population ageing in the twenty-first century and to promote the development of a society for all ages. The MIPPA includes many relevant aspect related to the situation of informal carers and recognises the contribution of older persons to development in their role as caregivers.

Following this Plan, UNECE Member States adopted a regional strategy in Berlin, September 2002, in order to focus on the specificities of the demographic and economic situation in the region (RIS). Every five years, countries of the UNECE region undertake an analysis of the current state of implementation of MIPAA/RIS and of the actions required to allow for further progress. The first two reviews and evaluation cycles of the implementation of MIPPA / RIS were concluded by the Ministerial Conferences held in 2007 in León (Spain) and in 2012 in Vienna (Austria).

Portugal will now be organising the IV Conference on Ageing, closing the 3rd cycle of revision and evaluation of the Regional Strategy. As a deliverable, Ministers will adopt the Lisbon Ministerial Declaration, which will include the guidelines for the actions to be undertaken in the next 5 year period.

Ageing is recognised by all as one of the most important challenges of our time. Therefore, the implementation of this initiative, as well as its role in setting out the future work actions in this area, undoubtedly holds key relevance.

Please click here to access a note from the Portuguese delegation on the UNECE International Conference "A sustainable society for all ages: Realising the potential of living longer" (Lisbon, 21-22 September 2017).