Side Event entitled “A Multistakeholder Approach to Healthy and Active Aging”, hosted by Office of Healthcare Policy, Cabinet Secretariat of Japan; Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan; ERIA; JCIE; UNFPA; and HelpAge International (12:00-13:00 hours)
Rapid population aging has been recognized as a common challenge that transcends national boundaries in the Asia-Pacific region. This change in demographic composition will have a significant economic, social, and political impact on the countries in the Asia-Pacific region in the medium to long term. An aging society is not only an economic challenge but it is inherently a health and human security issue that impacts the achievement of universal health coverage, which is critical in ensuring healthy and active lives for all throughout the life course, as set out in the Sustainable Development Goals.
Immediate action is needed by the countries in the region to formulate appropriate policies that can promote healthy and active aging and meet the needs of the increasing number of elderly persons. The complex and multifaceted nature of the challenge of population aging requires an equally complex, multistakeholder approach, involving parliamentarians, the various levels of national and local government, the business sector, the healthcare sector, and civil society.
Aging populations present a challenge, but healthy and active aging can also be turned into opportunities. To that end, cooperation between the public and private sectors, including civil society, is critical in order to develop and promote innovative approaches and technologies to address the challenges ahead.
Drawing on the lessons learned in Japan, the most aged country in the world, the government of Japan launched the Asia Health and Wellbeing Initiative (AHWIN) in 2016, which aims to promote regional collaboration to foster sustainable and self-reliant health care systems in the Asian region. As part of that initiative, the organizers of this side event hope to leverage the opportunity presented by the Mid-Term Review of the Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Population and Development in order to promote dialogue and collective action on a regional policy framework on aging in the Asia-Pacific region.
Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission, Permanent Representative of Japan to ESCAP
Embassy of Japan in Thailand
Department of International Research and Cooperation, National Institute of Population and Social Security Research (IPSS), Japan
Institute of Geriatrics, Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand
CFO and Director, Triple W Japan Inc.
Asia Pacific, HelpAge International
Regional Advisor on Population Ageing and Sustainable Development
UNFPA Asia-Pacific Office
Deputy Executive Director
Special Advisor on Healthcare & Long Term Care Policy
Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)