UNECE

Sustainable Ageing in a Digital World

Objectives:

An increasing number of concerns have been raised regarding the risks of leaving vulnerable groups behind in a hyper-digitalised world which includes older and marginalised populations. Therefore, digital inclusion needs to be a top priority in terms of public policy making from a human rights and from an economic productivity point of view. The latter is of particular importance for countries that do not yet have an adequate social safety net for their citizens and also for countries faced with the challenge of older persons soon outnumbering the younger population. Responsive policies could empower the older population who are not yet digitally proficient to reap the potential benefits of the digital technology and support their participation in an increasingly digitalized economy and society.

An ageing workforce poses a known dilemma to companies. Older employees who hold more manual and less highly skilled jobs tend to be less familiar with ICT and less equipped to participate in today’s digitalised workplace. Excluding older workers and employees from acquiring digital literacy and minimal competence to work in an ICT dense workplace would reduce retraining costs but might jeopardize productivity and externalise social costs. For example, in service sector where companies’ productivity might actually increase with age due to accumulation of tacit knowledge and abilities to network across age groups with clients. This will take younger employees more time, emotional intelligence and social capital. Hence productivity might be higher for a socially skillful older staff. While many routine works continue to be necessary within an ICT integrated work environment, older workers, arguably with greater patience, are better equipped to carry out the more routine data processing tasks with less errors and need for rework.

Inclusion of older workers in the development of digital competence would also make sense since many of the customer services and other more routine type of work connected to data platform interactions will continue to require a human touch for all age groups. A later life work pattern will become the norm in many of the ageing societies. Hence, acquiring digital literacy would enable older workers to remain active and productive longer. The aim of this panel is to broaden the public’s understanding about the impact of digital technology on ageing in the context of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) which has accelerated the coverage and depth of digitalization in both public and private domains.

The key note speech will be based on the newly published policy brief on “Ageing in the Digital Era” by the UNECE and highlight the barriers to digital technology adoption and the use of digital tools in later life and suggest action areas for policy makers. Panelists will discuss various policy considerations for governments to adopt.

Learn more and register here: https://hopin.com/events/unisa-iasia-hybrid-conference

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-NY, please visit ngocoa-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit ngoageingvie.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, please email the vice chair at susanneseperson@gmail.com. 

Civil Society Forum ahead of UNECE RFSD 2021

Hi friends,

Our yearly civil society forum ahead of UNECE’s Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD) will take place online, so we have split up our strategy meeting into two parts and an orientation session over the spacing of two days. Please note that you do need to register to all three sessions latest 7 March 2021 to receive the zoom access link. Below is an overview of the various sessions:

March 8 Agenda

10:00 am CET/4:00 am EST – Orientation

Are you new to this space? Come along and learn about the Regional Civil society Engagement Mechanism (RCEM), how to do advocacy online, how to navigate the regional forum, and what are the latest updates on HLPF Review? Register here!

12:00 pm CET/6:00 am EST – Strategy Meeting part 1

Civil society will collectively focus on developing common positions which can be used to shape their collective advocacy during the official sessions of the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development, the peer-learning tables and side events. These positions will also be shared with the global civil society engagement mechanism: Major Group and other Stakeholders. Register here.

March 9 Agenda

12:00 pm CET/6:00 am EST – Strategy Meeting part 2

The second part of our strategy meeting is split into two parts, the first part is a strategic session with UN Agencies and Member States, the second part is open to civil society only and will be used to strategize around SDGs monitoring, with a focus on local, national and regional dynamics. Register here.

If you have any questions around accessibility of the meeting or if you have issues registering, please contact our accessibility coordinator for the civil society forum: Martyna Balciunaite (martyna.balciunaite@eud.eu). The sessions will have Russian, French and Spanish translations.

We hope to see as many of you there as possible!

UNECE- RCEM

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, please visit ngosonffd.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, please visit ngocsd-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit ngocsdvienna.org.

World Economic Situation and Prospects 2021 on Trade: From short-term disruptions to longer-term resilience

UNCTAD Trade Policy Dialogue

World Economic Situation and Prospects 2021 on trade: From short-term disruptions to longer-term resilience

Please register online at https://unctad.org/meeting/world-economic-situation-and-prospects2021-trade-short-term-disruptions-longer-term

This Trade Policy Dialogue is organized by UNCTAD in partnership with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The session will discuss major findings in the flagship report World Economic Situation and Prospects 2021, which assesses key trends in international trade and agenda for policy, including the roles of global value chains and services in enhancing economic resilience.

Questions:

  • How do we overcome short-term trade disruptions to reinforce longer-term resilience?
  • How do we take advantage of dynamic comparative advantage and “servicification”?
  • How do different countries see the need to revitalize the multilateral trading system?

Programme Agenda:

2:30 p.m. Opening

2:35 p.m. Panel discussion moderated by Miho Shirotori, Head, Trade Negotiations and Commercial Diplomacy Branch, UNCTAD

Panelists:

  • Ingo Pitterle, Senior Economic Affairs Officer, Global Economic Monitoring Branch, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
  • Bruno Antunes, Economic Affairs Officer, Trade Negotiations and Commercial Diplomacy Branch, UNCTAD
  • Polina Tonkikh, Director, World Trade Organization Expertise Centre, Russian Federation

3:20 p.m. Questions and answers

3:35 p.m. Closing

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, please visit ngosonffd.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit ngocsdvienna.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, please visit ngocsd-ny.org.

20 Years of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) and 20 Years UNECE Regional Implementation Strategy (RIS): Experiences, Achievements and the Way Forward

International Federation on Ageing invite you to join a virtual event in collaboration with NGO Committee on Ageing Vienna and Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection (Austria):

20 Years Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) 20 Years UNECE Regional Implementation Strategy (RIS): Experiences, Achievements and the Way Forward

Please register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAsfuqhqD8rH9JeeDdWbD5_AJDsVYL6s

Speakers:

  • Alexandre Sidorenko Head of the UN Programme on Ageing 1988-2009 From Vienna to Madrid: The Role of the UN Programme on Ageing Erika Winkler Chair of the UNECE Working Group on Ageing 2010-2017 Austrian Initiative to Establish an UNECE Standing Working Group on Ageing
  • Dirk Jarré President of the European Federation of Older Persons Learning from Experience: The Role of NGOs and the Way Forward Frances Zainoeddin Vice Chair of the NGO Committee on Ageing New York MIPAA and What Else for Older Persons?
  • Vitalija Gaucaite-Wittich Secretary of the UNECE Standing Working Group on Ageing Sustainability of the Intergovernmental Work on Ageing
  • Christoph Angster Austrian representative at the OEWG-A Synergies of the MIPAA Network and the OEWG-A
  • Amal Abou Rafeh Director of the UN Programme on Ageing News from UN Regarding 20 Years MIPAA and the Way Forward

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit  ngoageingvie.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-NY, please visit ngocoa-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit ageingcommitteegeneva.org