SECOND 2008 WORKSHOP OUTLINE
Ageing and Appropriate Measures for the Aged
Population is growing
rapidly, but it is ageing even more
rapidly. In the last half century the world population more than
doubled, from 2.5 to 6.7 billion. This figure is likely to increase by
2.5 billion over the next 42 years, reaching 9.2 billion in 2050. Over
that time, half of the increase in the world population will be
accounted for by a rise in the population aged 60 years or over, whose
numbers will almost triple to reach over one billion.
accelerated ageing process is even more dramatic in Asia. In the last
half century, Asia’s total population almost tripled, rising
from 1.4 to 3.7 billion. Those 65 and over, however, grew in number by
almost four times, from 57 to 217 million. The future will see even
greater ageing. The total Asian population may grow from 3.7 to 6.4
billion from 2000 to 2050. In the same period, those 60 and over may
grow to over 1.2 billion, increasing by around 4 times, and those aged
80 and over will grow in number to over 225 million.
concretely speaking, the aging trend of the countries where the AUICK
Associate Cities are located needs immediate and serious attention.
While most of them had only 4 or 5 percent of their population over the
age of 60 (retirement age in the majority) in 1965-70, the proportion
of the aged in general had increased significantly by 2005, especially
in those countries which have achieved the replacement level, and more
notably in China and Thailand. However, by 2025, the proportion of the
aged (60+) is going to range from about 9 per cent to 21.5 per cent.
ageing has a great impact on society and economy. It brings a shrinking
of the work force, an increasing social-security burden, and major
changes in family structure and health service systems. As women
represent the larger number and proportion of older people in almost
all societies, the issue also has important gender implications. On the
other hand, the positive aspect of ageing is that the elders have more
time and longer life to contribute to society with their rich
experience of life, as well as technical skills and knowledge.
rapid urbanization in
developing countries will also witness an
increasing proportion of the older population in urban areas. This will
challenge the capacity of national and local governments. Although
urban areas potentially offer better health care and information
access, urbanization tends to erode traditional socio-cultural norms
and community/family networks. The ageing need not only economic
security and access to good transportation, but also strong
community-based support systems.
UNFPA, one of AUICK’s sponsors, has developed Policy
Guidelines on Ageing to provide measures which can effectively respond
to the needs, expectations and rights of older persons. They include
Focus on the older poor, in development and poverty-reduction
Examine the economic, social and cultural implications of population
and demographic changes, and how they relate to development concerns;
Promote the implementation of adequate policies and programs for active
ageing, including life-long education and training, and the full
participation of older persons in community life;
Recognize and support the care-giving services provided by
grandparents, especially women, to grandchildren orphaned by AIDS;
Eliminate discrimination; financial, psychological and physical abuse;
and other crimes against older persons, especially women, including
Promote intergenerational solidarity with the goal of maintaining and
improving social cohesion;
right and appropriate approaches are needed in order to maximize the
development benefits of urbanization for older persons while minimizing
its negative impacts.
aim of this workshop is to increase the capacities of senior officials
of AUICK Associate Cities (AACs) who are in charge of policies and
programs for the aged. In view of the UNFPA Policy Guidelines on
Ageing, the Workshop is designed to improve participants’
knowledge about the urban policy implications of population ageing. It
aims to increase the participants’ understanding and know-how
of administrative measures for the aged through presentations by Kobe
City and AAC officials, as well as
best practice case studies and site visits related to the theme.
Special emphasis will be placed on the active participation of the aged
in society, and self-reliance oriented NGO activities. At the end of
the Workshop, the participants are expected to develop a concrete
action plan for appropriate administrative measures for the aged in
their respective cities, to be implemented upon their return.
Workshop is also designed to stimulate the exchange of information and
experience among the participants themselves. Therefore, they are
expected to participate actively (in English) in discussions and
presentations throughout the workshop period. They should be able to
adequately use computer software, such as Microsoft Word and
PowerPoint, since they are expected to prepare and present their action
plans during the course of the Workshop. Please note that
participants who attended the Second 2006 Workshop on Population Ageing
and Appropriate Measures for the Aged should not attend the Second 2008
Workshop, and the Action Plans developed at the two workshops should be
workshop is designed to
exchange of information and experience among the participants
themselves. Therefore, they are expected to participate actively (in
English) in discussions and presentations during the
Associate Cities (one person from each city):
Chittagong (Bangladesh), Weihai (China), Chennai (India), Surabaya
(Indonesia), Kuantan (Malaysia), Faisalabad (Pakistan), Olongapo
(Philippines), Khon Kaen (Thailand), Danang (Vietnam)
(Interpretation will be
provided for lectures given in Japanese.)
26 October – Monday 3 November 2008 (9 days)
Qualification of Applicant
- The applicant
should be officially nominated by
the mayor or the senior-most administrator(hereafter "nominator") of
the city to which the applicant belongs.
- The applicant should be a senior or middle-level
city official who has authority to plan and implement policies and
programs directed at the aged, such as Director or Deputy Director of
the relevant department.
- The applicant is
required to have university
level education and work experience as a city official for at least 7
applicant is required to be willing and able to remain in the position
of city official in the relevant field in the city for at least 5 years.
- The applicant
should have a sufficient command
of both spoken and written English, as the workshop is conducted in
English. The workshop is to a great extent based on discussions rather
than lectures. The applicant is also expected to make at least two oral
In case of
English ability being the only problem in the nomination of a
qualified official, please consult us ahead of time.
applicant should be physically and mentally fit to participate in all
aspects of the workshop. Regrettably, pregnant women will not be
accepted, as the workshop program contains some site visits that demand
physical exertion inappropriate for pregnant women.
- Word processing
skill is a requisite, since the applicant is expected to develop an
action plan with a computer during the workshop. The applicant is also
expected to prepare his/her action plan using PowerPoint.
Nominator is requested to
city official and submit the following necessary documents to AUCIK by:
It is suggested that the
nomination be done in consultation with the relevant UNFPA country
|To be completed
and signed by the mayor or the top
|To be completed
by the nominee
by the mayor or the top administrator.
attached to Form B. (Photograph
should be trimmed to 4cm in
height and 3cm in width, full face, front view, and head-shot only.)
|One copy of
all pages of nominee's passport
that describe the nominee's status.
Notification of Acceptance
careful consideration by
AUICK with the consultation of the relevant UNFPA Country Office and
AUICK International Advisory Committee member, the final decision on
the participant selection will be notified to the nominator.
Procedures for Entry to Japan
parallel with the
notification of acceptance to the nominator, AUICK
will send the necessary documents for visa application directly to the
nominee. The nominee is requested to immediately apply for an entry
visa at the nearest Japanese Consular Office.
INVITATIONAL CONDITIONS FOR
will provide the
participant with the followings. Other expenses must be borne by the
- Expenses for
obtaining a medical certificate
and a visa.
The expenses will be reimbursed in Japanese currency during the
workshop on condition that the participant requests the reimbursement
with the original receipts issued directly from the relevant venders.
The transportation and postage expenses for obtaining visas or medical
certificates will not be reimbursed. The expense for obtaining a
passport will not be reimbursed.
round trip airline ticket between the nearest airport to each
participant's residence and Kansai International Airport (KIX) in
The ticket will be delivered to the participant through the relevant
local travel agent. Airport taxes and the other fees will be paid
through travel agents. If the participant is required to pay any other
tax or fees at departure, the expenses will be reimbursed in Japanese
currency during the workshop on condition that the participant requests
the reimbursement with the original receipts issued directly from the
- Travel expenses
between KIX and the
accommodation in Japan.
- Accommodation in
- Living allowance
of JPY 6,200 per day for meals
and incidental expenses during the workshop in Japan.
insurance to cover injuries or
illness from the time of entry to Japan until departure.
Preexisting illnesses and dental treatment are not covered by the
transportation for the workshop
participant is required to:
- Abide by
Japanese law and regulations during
- Follow the
regulations and schedule of the
workshop prepared by AUICK and the Kobe City Government.
- Attend the
- Depart Japan
upon the termination of the
The visa issued will not allow the participant to stay in Japan beyond
the workshop period.
- Gather the
required data on their cities and
submit the report before the specified date.
Submitted data and report will be integrated into AUICK's web-based
database and be open to public.
Asian Urban Information Center of Kobe (AUICK)
International Center for Cooperation and Communication (KIC)
International House 20F, 8-1-6, Goko-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe 651-0087 JAPAN
Kobe City Government (International Affairs, Culture and Tourism Bureau)
Kano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-8570 JAPAN