HelpAge Asia Pacific regional office jointly organised webinars with international and regional agencies in the region to represent the voice of older people regarding their experiences, needs and contribution, as well as to call for age-inclusive policies and responses.

HelpAge webinar series 

With support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), HelpAge is organising a series of webinars consisting of three topics which are ‘Inequality’, ‘Climate Change’, ‘Age-friendly Community’.

The first of our webinar series titled “How can we reduce inequalities in later life as societies age?” was organised on 14 October 2020. It was co-hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and ESCAP.

The objective of the webinar is to strengthen clarity and consensus about the priority steps governments can take to reduce inequality. The webinar was moderated by Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary, ESCAP. Discussants were Dr Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division from Pakistan and Dr Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Senior Adviser, Khazanah Research Institute from Malaysia. A video presentation from Dr. David E. Bloom, Professor of Economics and Demography, Harvard University, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a video on Voices of Older People: Reflection on Lifecourse and Inequality, were presented.

Find more detail of this webinar, including concept note, research paper and video presentation, click here.

A briefing paper on reducing inequalities in later life as societies age was produced as part of this webinar and was being circulated to various UN agencies, government officials, INGOs and civil societies in the region.

The second webinar in the series was titled Intergenerational action on climate change: Unleashing the power of older peopleand will be held on 4 February 2021. The webinar highlights the relationship between population growth, ageing societies and climate change. Older people from different regions and a panel of experts will share their views on how older people can play an active role in saving our planet.

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Webinars on older people and COVID-19

We have participated in forums and discussions on COVID-19 responses and its impact on older people. We jointly organised webinars with international and regional agencies in the region to represent the voice of older people regarding their experiences, needs and contribution in the context of COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to call for age-inclusive policies and responses.

  • COVID-19, communities and older persons
  • ASEAN Forum on COVID-19 response

In addition, we have collected a compilation of relevant webinars on COVID-19 and its impact on older people organised by UN agencies and our alliance. Visit our COVID-19 webinar page to find recordings and related resources.