Event Description

The programme in Policy Formulation, Planning, Implementation and Monitoring of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing was organised in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA),  at Hotel Plevna in Sliema, Malta from the 23rd November-4th December 2015. The programme which was officially opened by Hon. Justyne Caruana, Junior Minister for Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing, was attended by 22 participants hailing from Belarus, Cameroon, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malta, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. This multi-disciplinary ten-day training programme in Social Policy which discussed the implications of population ageing, comprised a mix of both foreign and local tutors, workshops, two site visits to ‘Villa Messina’, a private residential home, Mtarfa Home, a residential community Home and to St. Vincent De Paul Residence, a Nursing Residential Complex – both run by the State. The programme was further complemented by country reports, provided by each represented participant which dealt with what policies were being formulated and what services were being carried out by the respective country’s Governments and Civil Societies to meet the recommendations made by the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing. Lecturing on the programme were local tutors from the University of Malta and three International tutors, namely Dr. Tomas Kucera, Professor Asghar Zaidi and Dr. Alexandre Sidorenko. The closing ceremony was held at the offices of the International Institute on Ageing in Valletta, where a multi-cultural feast of traditional costumes and food was held.