The Capacity-building Workshop to Support National Policy Responses to Issues of Ageing in Asia and the Pacific, jointly organized by UNDESA and ESCAP, was held from 28 February to 1 March 2012 in the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok. The Workshop was attended by Government representatives, civil society representatives and international organizations from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Viet Nam, HelpAge International, UNFPA and WHO. The list of participants is attached as Annex 1. Timely policy interventions are thus essential. ESCAP is supporting the review and appraisal process of the Madrid Timely policy interventions are thus essential. ESCAP is supporting the review and appraisal process of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) to promote, inter alia, mainstreaming of ageing into national development plans. of ageing into national development plans.
This discussion paper examines the provision of care for older people by linking various care at macro (national) and micro (individual or family) levels. This paper argues that these different levels are not mutually exclusive. On the one hand, products of macro level national policies, regulations and programmes must be compatible with the needs of target groups. Therefore, policy makers in particular, need to be well informed of what is really happening in people's lives at the micro level.