The Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) was adopted at the Second World Assembly on Ageing in 2002. It is the most comprehensive internationally agreed plan of action on ageing to date, and it marks a turning point in how the world addresses the various challenges related to the global population ageing.
The broad aim of MIPAA is “to ensure that persons everywhere are able to age with security and dignity and to continue to participate in their societies as citizens with full rights” (para. 10). It calls for changes in attitudes, policies and practices at all levels in all sectors so that the enormous potential of ageing in the 21st century may be fulfilled.
It is a resource for policymaking, suggesting ways for governments, NGOs, and other actors to reorient the ways in which our societies perceive, interact with and care for older citizens.
As the figure above, MIPAA comprises three “priority directions”, or pillars: I) Older persons and development; II) Advancing health and well-being into old age; and III) Ensuring enabling and supportive environments, which further break down into a wide range of economic and social challenges (see below for a complete list of 3 pillars and related issues).
Each entry in the Database of Initiatives found on this Knowledge-Sharing Platform is associated with one or more related MIPAA issues that it addresses.
MIPAA: The 3 pillars and related issues
Pillar I: Older persons and development
Issue I-1: Active participation in society and development
Issue I-2: Work and the ageing labour force
Issue I-3: Rural development, migration and urbanization
Issue I-4: Access to knowledge, education and training
Issue I-5: Intergenerational solidarity
Issue I-6: Eradication of poverty
Issue I-7: Income security, social protection/social security and poverty prevention
Issue I-8: Emergency situations
Pillar II: Advancing health and well-being into old age
Issue II-1: Health promotion and well-being throughout life
Issue II-2: Universal and equal access to health-care services
Issue II-3: Older persons and HIV/AIDS
Issue II-4: Training of care providers and health professionals
Issue II-5: Mental health needs of older persons
Issue II-6: Older persons and disabilities
Pillar III: Ensuring enabling and supportive environments
Issue III-1: Housing and the living environment
Issue III-2: Care and support for caregivers
Issue III-3: Neglect, abuse and violence
Issue III-4: Images of ageing
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