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    Short-term training in the demographic aspects of population ageing and its implications for socio-economic development, policies and plans. Report of the Expert Group Meeting held in Malta, 6-9 December 1993.

    United Nations. International Institute on Ageing

    Valletta, Malta, United Nations, International Institute on Ageing, 1994. 127 p.

    The International Institute on Aging (INIA), an autonomous body within the UN, was established by the UN Secretary General in 1988 in order to fulfill the training needs on aging within developing countries. INIA developed training courses on Social Gerontology, Geriatrics, Income Security, and Physical Therapy and has trained 485 persons from 76 countries. This INIA expert group meeting report presents background papers and presentations from a workshop held on December 6-9, 1993, and recommendations. Nine papers by separate authors are reported in this article. The topics include 1) demographic aspects of population aging and the implications for socioeconomic development, 2) demographic trends in aging and economic conditions in Poland, 3) consideration of aging issues among a young population in Mexico, 4) the demographic and socioeconomic implications of aging in China, 5) the demographic implications of aging among Mediterranean countries, 6) the social implications of aging in developing countries, 7) the demography of aging and economic implications, 8) selected aspects of population aging and the implications for socioeconomic development, and 9) essentials of short-term training in the demography of aging. Training courses should be directed to anyone involved in planning, formulating, and implementing national/regional policy and in research design on population aging. Courses should also apply to those who directly influence socioeconomic decision making processes related to aging issues. Applicants for training should have a statistical or demographic background, working knowledge of computers, work in or planned work in the field of aging, and proficiency in the language in which the course is taught. It is recommended that courses offer a variety of educational techniques and off-site visits and that the training group not exceed 20 persons. Participants should represent no more than two geographic regions, and the materials used in the course should be compiled and given to INIA upon course completion.
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    Roundtable report from IPPF: "Partnership with Civil Society in the Implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action".

    IPPF AND CAIRO PLUS 5. 1998 Aug; (3):[1] p.

    This brief article summarizes proposals of participants at one of a series of UNFPA roundtable meetings in Bangladesh, in 1998, on the role of civil society in implementing the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development's (ICPD) Plan of Action (POA). The meeting was attended by 70 persons from 30 countries. Participants recommended the creation of a partnership for enabling the implementation of the POA and social mobilization. Partnerships should aid capacity strengthening, accountability, coalition building, and financial stability. Partnerships should also promote full access to quality reproductive health services. Participants urged that civil groups (nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), religious leaders, community institutions, private and professional associations, trade unions, and activist groups) make the language of ICPD more accessible and engaging. Participants identified needs for increasing resources for social mobilization efforts and for greater public dialogue on controversial issues and cultural taboos. Participants recommended the creation of a formal mechanism for linking civil groups and donors. Civil society should reexamine assumptions, priorities and agendas; identify key issues for legislation and policy action; and form joint Plans of Action. The IPPF Director General suggested that partnerships between government and civil groups should balance cooperation and respect for the roles of each sector or organization and operate worldwide. NGOs should maintain their independence and advocacy for change. NGOs in Central and Eastern Europe operate in the aforementioned manner.
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