The present report, which is submitted in response to Economic and Social Council resolution 2010/14, gives an overview of the modalities of the first review and appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002, that will be used for the second review and appraisal, as well as a preliminary indication of the United Nations system and civil society plans. The report also highlights lessons learned and issues which need more attention in the second appraisal exercise.
1. The Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002, adopted by the Second World Assembly on Ageing, stated that systematic review of its implementation by Member States was essential for achieving improved quality of life of older persons and that the Commission for Social Development should be responsible for the follow-up and appraisal of its implementation.
2. The present report has been prepared to facilitate discussions concerning the organization of the second review and appraisal of the Madrid Plan of Action at the Commission for Social Development, as requested in Economic and Social Council resolution 2010/14. Issues identified in resolution 2010/14, which relate to recent efforts by Member States and the United Nations system to participate in the implementation of the Madrid Plan of Action, are addressed in the report of the Secretary-General entitled “Follow-up to the Second World Assembly on Ageing”,submitted to the General Assembly at its sixty-fifth session (A/65/158).
3. While the principal approach to the review and appraisal of the Madrid Plan of Action has been defined in resolutions 42/1, 44/1 and 45/1 of the Commission for Social Development, further details are required on the modalities of the second review and appraisal cycle. Consequently, this report presents Member States with possible arrangements and a timeline. It also raises issues to be brought to the attention of Member States, taking into account lessons learned during the first review and appraisal process. Furthermore, the report outlines the initial plans of the United Nations system and civil society organizations in support of the review and appraisal process.
4. The modalities of the first review and appraisal exercise are summarized in the following section.
Process and modalities of the first review and appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002,and their continuing relevance for the second review and appraisal exercise
5. In its resolution 42/1 on the modalities for the review and appraisal of the Madrid Plan of Action, the Commission for Social Development encouraged Member States to establish or strengthen national coordinating bodies or mechanisms to facilitate the implementation and dissemination of information about the Madrid Plan of Action, including its review and appraisal. The Commission also encouraged Member States to include both ageing-specific policies and ageing mainstreaming efforts in their review and appraisal of the Madrid Plan of Action and in their national strategies, bearing in mind the importance of mainstreaming the issue of ageing into global agendas.
6. In the same resolution, the Commission decided to undertake a review and appraisal of the Madrid Plan of Action every five years. Additionally, the regional commissions were requested to promote and facilitate the implementation, review,
Proposed calendar for the second review and appraisal of the Madrid Plan of Action
39. A step-by-step calendar of planned events, starting in 2011 at the national and
regional levels and leading up to the global segment at the fifty-first session of the Commission for Social Development in 2013, is a helpful tool for Member States
while organizing the second review and appraisal of the Madrid Plan of Action.
40. The participatory review and appraisal process was conceived as an ongoing national evaluation process that would also report to regional and global levels.
While the review and appraisal exercise is not time-bound, it is important to set the target year for consolidating the findings at the global level. The target year of 2012 is important as it will mark the tenth anniversary of the Second World Assembly on Ageing convened in Madrid and, since there has not been a regional or a global review on ageing since 2007, it will also close a five-year gap in assessing the situation of the world’s older persons and international action on ageing.
41. At the same time, however, a great deal of preparatory work remains to be done, at all levels, to make the bottom-up participatory review and appraisal more meaningful and successful compared to the first review and appraisal of the Madrid Plan. Therefore, a series of activities is proposed in the calendar that follows, highlighted by a global review and appraisal of the implementation of the Madrid Plan of Action during the fifty-first session of the Commission for Social Development in 2013. The tentative calendar for the second cycle of the global review and appraisal of the Madrid Plan of Action is set out below.
42. As a first step, Member States would identify specific areas for in-depth participatory inquiries using the bottom-up approach and collect information about the actions they have taken since the first review and appraisal, such as new laws, policies and programmes, the establishment of coordinating mechanisms and information campaigns.
43. Information on the initial experience and good practices in organizing and conducting bottom-up participatory evaluation at the local and national levels will also be collected, analysed and presented later to the regional commissions. Upon request, the regional commissions, in cooperation with other entities, will assist countries in conducting their national review and appraisals and encourage participatory approaches to the process.
44. Regional processes of review and appraisal will begin. Regional commissions will convene regional conferences in early to mid-2012, subject to the availability of sufficient financial resources, to consider the findings of national reviews, share experiences and good practices and identify priorities for future action. The regional commissions will submit the conclusions of the meetings and individual national reports to the Commission for Social Development in 2013.
45. The Commission for Social Development, at its fifty-first session in February 2013, will conduct the global segment of the second cycle of review and appraisal of the Madrid Plan of Action. The modalities of this segment could include a series of plenary meetings, deliberations or a series of round tables. This would provide opportunities for assessing progress in the implementation of the Madrid Plan of Action at the national and regional levels, identifying achievements and obstacles in the implementation process, exchanging experiences and good practices, analyzing international cooperation on ageing and selecting priorities for the next cycle of the implementation process. Participants could include representatives of Member States, United Nations system organizations and representatives of civil society. An outcome document would include the conclusions of the second review and appraisal exercise along with the identification of prevalent and emerging issues and related policy options. Member States may wish to consider these and other options before making a final decision on the final format of the global segment for 2013.
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