The 2006 Second Workshop Outline
Population Ageing and Appropriate Measures for the Aged
Population is growing rapidly, but it is ageing even more rapidly. In
the last half century World population more than doubled, from 2.5 to
6.1 billion. The population 65 and over, however, more than tripled,
from 131 million to 417 million. Over the next half century, world
population may grow by about 60% to 10 billion, but the population 65
and over will almost triple again, from 417 to 1.5 Billion in 2050.
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 by almost four times,
from 57 to 217 million. The future will see even greater ageing. While
the total Asian population may grow from 3.7 to 6.4 billion, or 57
percent from 2000 to 2050; those 65 and over may grow from 217 to 907
million, or an increase of more than 4 times. Moreover, the number of
really old people in Asia, those 80 and over, has grown from about 4
million in 1950 to 29 million in 2000; they will grow to over 225
million by 2050.
Population ageing has a
great impact on society and economy. It brings a shrinking of the work
force, an increasing social-security burden, and a major change in
family structure and medical problems. 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 to
contribute to the society with their rich experience of life and work.
has been actively involved in ageing issues for many years. It has
worked with many countries to formulate appropriate public policies and
promote policy dialogues to respond to the challenges posed by the
social, health and economic consequences of population ageing. It has
also assisted many countries to meet the needs of older persons, with
particular emphasis on the poor and especially women.
UNFPA Policy Guidelines on Ageing provide measures which can
effectively respond to the needs, expectations and rights of older
persons. They include the following:
- Focus on the older poor, in development and poverty-reduction strategies;
the economic, social and cultural implications of population and
demographic changes, and how they relate to development concerns;
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;
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;
workshop is designed for senior officials of AUICK Associate Cities
(AACs) who are in charge of policies and programs directed at the aged.
In view of the UNFPA Policy Guidelines on Ageing, the Workshop is
designed to help the participants improve their knowledge to address
the urban policy implications of the population ageing processes and
its social and economic impacts. It is also designed to increase the
participants understanding and kwow-how of administrative measures for
the aged through presentations of city reports, case studies,
discussions and field observations. Each participant is also expected
to develop a concrete action plan for appropriate administrative
measures for the aged, which is to be implemented upon their return to
4. INVITED CITIES
AUICK 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)
English (Interpretation will be provided for lectures given in Japanese.)
Monday 30 October - Friday 10 November 2006 (12days)
7. APPLICATION PROCEDURES
7.1. Qualification of Applicant
- The applicant should be officially nominated by the mayor or the top administrator of the city to which the applicant belongs.
applicant should be a senior city official who is in charge of policies
and programs directed at the aged, such as director or deputy director
of a relevant department.
- The applicant is required to have university level education and work experience as a city official for at least 7 years.
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.
Note: In case English ability is the only problem in the nomination of 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.
applicant who attended the 2002 Seminar on Population Ageing and
Administrative Countermeasures for the Aged or any AUICK workshops held
in 2004 or later should not be nominated for any reason.
processing skill is preferable since the applicants will be expected to
develop an action plan with a computer during the workshop.
7.2. Participant Nomination
mayor or the top administrator is requested to nominate a qualified
city official and submit the following necessary documents to AUCIK by:
11 August 2006.
|a. Letter of Nomination (Form A)
|To be completed and signed by the mayor or the top administrator.
|b. Application Form (Form B)
|To be completed by the nominee and signed by the mayor or the top administrator.
|To be attached to Form B. (Photograph should be trimmed to 4cm in
height and 3cm in width, full face, front view, and head-shot only.)
|d. Photocopy of passport
|One copy of all pages of nominee's passport that describe the nominee's status.
7.3. Notification of Acceptance
careful consideration made 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 mayor or the top administrator.
The nominee is required to have a medical checkup and submit a designated form completed by a medical doctor in September 2006.
7.4. Procedures for Entry to Japan
parallel with the notification of acceptance to the mayor or the top
administrator, 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
8. INVITATIONAL CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPANT
AUICK will provide the participant with the followings. Other expenses must be borne by the participant.
- 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 Japan.
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 Japan.
- Living allowance of JPY 6,200 per day for meals and incidental expenses during the workshop in Japan.
- Short-term insurance to cover injuries or illness from the time of entry to Japan until departure.
Note: Preexisting illnesses and dental treatment are not covered by the insurance.
- Internal transportation for the workshop programs.
9. RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARTICIPANT
The participant is required to:
- Abide by Japanese law and regulations during their stay.
- Follow the regulations and schedule of the workshop prepared by AUICK and the Kobe City Government.
- Attend the workshop unaccompanied.
- Depart Japan upon the termination of the workshop.
Note: 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.
Note: Submitted data and report will be integrated into AUICK's web-based database and be open to public.
10.1. Asian Urban Information Center of Kobe (AUICK)
Kobe International Center for Cooperation and Communication (KIC)
International House 20F, 8-1-6, Goko-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe 651-0087 JAPAN
10.2. Kobe City Government (Civic Affairs, Culture and Tourism Bureau)
6-5-1, Kano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-8570 JAPAN
AUICK Second 2006 Workshop Schedule