Preparing for Asia’s Ageing Population: Regional Forum on National Policies on Ageing


In this century, population ageing is the main demographic trend affecting Asia Pacific. The speed of population ageing as well as its profound implications for socio-economic development call for immediate action particularly at the level of policy formulation and planning.

Governments in the Asia and Pacific region need up-to-date national policies, plans and laws on ageing in order to address the needs of older people and be prepared for the effects of demographic change.

Myanmar passed a law for older people in 2016 and is currently preparing a 20-year National Policy on Ageing and an accompanying five-year National Action Plan on Ageing.

This regional forum on National Policies on Ageing on 20-21 July 2017, in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar co-hosted by HelpAge International, UNFPA and Myanmar’s Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement with support from the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) provides an opportunity to discuss and debate to understand best practice related to policies on ageing.

“From 2015 onwards, the Ministry of Social Welfare has been expanding programme for older people and put it into action with technical support from LIFT and HelpAge. The expanded interest and policy action on social protection (National Social Protection Strategic Plan) promised new benefits for older persons. This policy on ageing forum expects a government’s broad and coordinated vision for older people and ageing to identify the key challenges and opportunities and how to address them” said Dr. Wesumperuma, Social Protection Advisor, HelpAge International.

This regional forum aims to share cross-country experience on the nature, role and effective implementation of national policies on ageing in a period of rapid demographic change.

“As Myanmar has been able to enact the Law Relating to Older Persons and is continuing to finalize the National Policy on Ageing, I am expecting remarkable results from this Forum in as much as the respective Asian countries would now have the opportunity to share their unique experiences on formulating Ageing Policies and implementing programmes for Older People” said Dr. San San Aye, Acting Director General, Department of Social Welfare.

The forum will bring together around 90 participants from 15 countries in Asia, with government officials, UN agencies, ASEAN Secretariat, international organisations, academic institutions and civil society.

With collaboration from all sectors represented at the forum, participants will share challenges and take home potential solutions to the issues related to population ageing and the needs of older people in their respected countries.




Notes to editors

Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement (MSWRR) 
The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Myanmar is to fulfil the social needs of the citizens of Republic of Union of Myanmar and to conduct the Disaster Management activities in accordance with the international standards.

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. Taking a life-cycle approach, UNFPA also works to raise awareness about population ageing and the need to harness its opportunities and address its challenges.

HelpAge International
HelpAge International is a global network of organisations promoting the right of all older people to lead dignified, healthy and secure lives.

Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT)
LIFT is a multi-donor trust fund that improves the lives and prospects of rural poor people in Myanmar. LIFT is much more than a funding body. Aside from financing 147 projects to date, LIFT provides technical expertise, targeted research and its position of oversight to improve programme design and cohesion for better overall impact. LIFT also works closely with the Government of Myanmar to promote pro-poor policies.


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