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Valencia Forum · April
1 - 4, 2002, Valencia, Spain
Second World Assembly on Ageing, the most important meeting on aging this
decade, took place in Madrid, Spain
April 8-12, 2002. This assembly brought together delegations from the 192 member states of the United
Nations to discuss and finalize an International Strategy Plan of Action on Ageing
for subsequent endorsement by the UN General Assembly and implementation
by the UN member states.
This document is a revision
of the 1982 International (Vienna) Plan of Action. It is intended to provide
a blueprint for action by governments in addressing the challenges of
population aging, with special emphasis on the developing world. Most of the delegates to the
World Assembly were ministers and government officials.
In the week
prior to the World Assembly, on April 1-4, 2002, the IAG auspiced
the Valencia Forum in Valencia, Spain that brought together researchers,
educators and practitioners with expertise in gerontology and geriatrics.
The objective was to distill their knowledge and experience on how best
to address issues association with global aging as a resource for the
World Assembly and beyond.
For a summary report of the
Valencia Forum, click here.
World Forum on Ageing - April 5-9, 2002, Madrid, Spain
The IAG was a member
of the International Coordinating Committee for the NGO Forum that took place in Madrid,
Spain in conjunction with the World Assembly on Ageing. IAG had
responsibility for organizing the program concerned with health, which
took place on Sunday, April 7. Click here
for a report of the NGO Forum.
2nd World Assembly on
Ageing - April 8-12, 2002, Madrid, Spain
IAG had the honour of addressing the plenary session of this historic
event. Click here
for Past-President Gutman's address to the delegates [Real
Video]. Former President Gary Andrews also addressed the assembly with
respect to findings from the Valencia Forum. Click here for full
UN Economic Commission for
Europe Ministerial Conference on Ageing - September 11-13, 2002, Berlin,
The IAG had three official observers at this follow-up conference convened
to implement the Madrid Plan of Action in the European Region. As well, it
was nominated to speak at the plenary session on behalf of the NGO
community on the topic of access to health care - the education and
training of primary health care workers regarding older persons. A copy of
this address is available here.
In addition, IAG had input
into a statement which was delivered during the final session on behalf of
the NGO community. A copy of this statement is available here.
Graduate Education in Gerontology Worldwide: Exploring Options for Cross-National Articulation, Student Exchanges and More - Invitational Workshop, February 25-26, 2004, Richmond, Virginia, USA
This invitational workshop was hosted by IAG immediately prior to the Annual Meeting and Educational Conference of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). The workshop brought together 19 educators from 12 countries for two days of intensive discussion about the challenges of recruiting, teaching in and administering multi-disciplinary training programs; the special needs of students who work full time; the pros and cons of courses-only as compared with courses plus thesis and/or plus practicum programs, as well as ways the universities represented might work together. A select sampling of the presentations are available for review.