From Jan. 29th to Feb. 7th the United Nations held the 56th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSD) in New York. The CSD discussed for a third time the implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA), which was adopted by member states of the UN in 2002. An expert panel presented the results of the regional reviews undertaken by the regional bodies of the UN, followed by statements delivered by government representatives.
At the occasion of the CSD, several NGOs organised side events to discuss the implementation of the Plan, or a lack of it. In line with the bottom-up participatory approach recommended by the UN for the evaluation of the Plan, HelpAge International brought together a panel of speakers in its side event, entitled “Dignity in older age”. Elisha Sibale Mwamkinga, Executive Director of the Good Samaritan Social Service Trust in Tanzania and Shashi Tyagi, co-founder of GRAVIS in India, spoke about rights violations in their communities and Ina Voelcker, our technical director, shared her analysis of qualitative data from focus groups with older people undertaken as a contribution to the review of MIPAA in 12 countries.