Follow-up report on Finland’s ageing policy in international context now published
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has published Finland’s national follow-up report on the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA), which reviews and appraises Finland’s ageing policy. The report also describes the development work carried out in Finland and links it to the international context.
The ageing policy implemented in Finland, its objectives and contents, are largely in line with the UN objectives. The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) encourages Member States to adopt a participatory ‘bottom-up’ approach involving civil society and older people themselves when preparing national reports.
The purpose is to assist Member States in receiving feedback on the policies and programmes they have implemented. The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health requested opinions on the follow-up report from various ministries and expert organisations as well as representatives of the municipal sector, non-governmental organisations, interest groups and labour market organisations. A total of 26 out of 31 organisations that received the request for an opinion responded.
National reports are an important part of the review and appraisal of ageing policy and provide the basis for a regional summary report on the implementation of the MIPAA. Following the review and appraisal at the national level, the UN Regional Commissions will coordinate the consolidation of information at the regional level. The review and appraisal processes will culminate in a global review by the UN Commission for Social Development (CSocD).
The follow-up report is based on the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing adopted at the Second World Assembly on Ageing in Madrid in April 2002. A national reporting round on the implementation of the MIPAA and the attainment of its objectives is organised every five years to review and appraise national ageing policies. The UN Economic Commission for Europe monitors the implementation of the MIPAA.