NGO Forum and Ministerial Conference on Ageing Lissabon 2017

Birgit Meinhard-Schiebel, from Carers’ Organisation Austria participated in the UNECE NGO Forum on Ageing, held on 20 September 2017, in Lisbon, Portugal. The Forum preceded the UNECE Ministerial Conference on Ageing (21-22 September 2017).

About the UNECE NGO Forum on Ageing

The objective of the NGO Forum is to foster a dialogue in and among civil society organisations representing older persons and dealing with ageing issues around the 3 themes of the UNECE Ministerial Conference on Ageing 2017 from different angles of concern of civil society actors, to identify strong and weak aspects in the MIPAA implementation and Ministerial Declaration, and to formulate demands and recommendations on behalf of civil society organisations.

About the UNECE Ministerial Conference on Ageing

The conference completes the third review and appraisal cycle (2012-2017) of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing and its Regional Implementation Strategy (MIPAA/RIS). The focus is on ‘Realizing the potential of living longer’. Conference panels addressed this theme through the lens of:

  1. Recognizing the potential of older persons
  2.  Encouraging longer working life and ability to work
  3. Ensuring ageing with dignity

The Ministerial Conference on Ageing is organized by UNECE in cooperation with the Government of Portugal, under the coordination of the Ministry of Labour, Solidarity, and Social Security.


Background (FRE

In 1982, the First World Assembly on Ageing took place in Vienna (Austria). Twenty years later, in April 2002, the Second World Assembly adopted the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA), a global normative frame for responding to the opportunities and challenges of population ageing. The same year in September, the UNECE member States took a step further and at the Berlin Conference endorsed the Regional Implementation Strategy (RIS) for the MIPAA that included a set of measures and actions grouped under ten commitments.

At the onset of the MIPAA, it was agreed to carry out a review and appraisal of its implementation every five years at both regional and global levels. In 2007, the UNECE Ministerial Conference in León (Spain) concluded the review and appraisal of the first five-year cycle of the MIPAA/RIS and in its Ministerial Declaration re-endorsed the ten commitments of the RIS.

In 2012, the UNECE Ministerial Conference in Vienna completed the second review and appraisal exercise at the regional level. The Vienna Ministerial Declaration with its four goals endorsed the concept of active ageing. The third review and appraisal exercise commenced in 2016 with countries preparing their national reports and was completed with the UNECE Ministerial Conference in September 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Access the UNECE Policy Brief on Ageing here .


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Longest book table in the world

Now again The longest book table in the world, Drottninggatan Stockholm 20 aug. Green Seniors were there selling books and politiks for elderly. Really full speed!
on the picture, Anders Ödmark, Vivianne Gunnarsson, Gösta Even, Eivor Karlsson Marja Sandin -Wester. The photographer was Åke Askensten.



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Talk about Care Programs in Austria

Interview about Care with EU-Vice-President Ulrike Lunacek and Birgit Meinhard-Schiebel, President of Care-Organisation with Markus Golla for www.pflege-professionell.atIMG_1706



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News from Finland

Three Days’ Political Turmoil in Finland

I am writing this in a train heading for Tampere, where the Greens in Finland will have there the annual Party Congress. But that will not, probably, be anything like a turmoil, even if we will elect a new chair after the 6 years’ era of Ville Niinistö.

The real turmoil happened during and after the corresponding Party Congress of the racist and anti-Europe party of True Finns, one of the three parties in the Government.

The latter congress elected as the chair Mr. Jussi Halla-aho, a MEP and an extremist even by the yardstick of the Party. He had announced already before the vote that he would lead the Party from Brussels and would not assume a minister post if he would be chosen for the chair. What was even worse, all elected three vice-chairs represented the same fraction and views.

The other two Government parties, Center Party (former Farmer Party) and right wing Conservatives requested for a meeting with a new chair, in order to discuss “the values” of the True Finns after an election like this, and in particular Mr. Halla-Aho’spossibilities of daily co-operation from Brussels with the other two chairs.

The result of this discourse was that a government crisis was announced – Center Party and the Conservatives rejected the possibility to continue in the same Government with the radically changed True Finns. Two smaller Parties were preliminary asked to join the Government.

In order to re-organize the Government the former Government must first resign, by a decision of the President. Prime Minister Juha Sipilä was already on the way to President’s summer residence when he received shocking news: the Parliamentary Group of True Finns split in two. Those promoting the co-operation in the Government, naturally including all the five Ministers of True Finns and 15 other members of the Group had established a new Parliamentary Group, called for the moment a New Alternative (sic!). And they were willing to continue the work of the Government.

The Prime Minister’s car made a U-turn, and he did not meet the President at all. And so everything was in order in Finland! Now the press and the internet are full of conspiracy theories: all this was a plot to force the True Finns (or in this case the fraction) to be humble (and quiet) members, not causing anymore the trouble they have caused for the last two years.

But the real reason why I’m writing this is the result of the latest poll of our major daily paper Helsingin Sanomat. The question made to 1080 people between 18 to 74 years (sic! again – next year they will not be interested on my opinion anymore!) was: which Parties they were likely to vote if the election was held today. Several people mentioned more than one Party – therefore the sum of percentages is almost 200. The surprising result for us was that the Greens (brown pillars) is the most favored Party! The blue pillars show the results for the voters of True Finns, and therefore the pillar for Greens is low.

For explanation: keskusta = center, kokoomus = conservatives, perussuomalaiset = true finns, uusi vaihtoehto = new alternative, sdp = social democrats, vasemmistoliitto = socialists, rkp = Swedish party, kristillisdemokraatit = Christian democrats, last three: other or no opinion.

Kaikki suomalaiset = all Finns, PS-äänestäjät… = voters of True Finns in the municipal elections 2017


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WEADD Day 2017

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15, 2017

Senior Financial Empowerment Act


The international day

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News from Swedish Green Seniors

Green und on climate change – Green seniors for Climat March 2017! 💚
#WhyIMarch #ClimateMarchSE

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ENGS was on stage in Liverpool 2017 Global Green Congress

The Green Congress Liverpool 2017

Members of the European Networking of Green Seniors  (ENGS) were present on the Global Green Conference in Liverpool on 28 march to 2 April 2017. They exchange their experiences with other countries about caring elder people and how to come up to defend the senior rights in society. 

They also participated with the delegates of the Greens of the European countries on the social pillar on social rights; viewing from an age perspective. 

A resolution for the European Parliament was elaborated and amendment. A final text was voted. But ENGS and many other participants want to going further on with this resolution and work in groups to make it better and stronger. So they think that both, decision makers and citizens, will have to shape new avenues in terms of life-long education, conditions governing the transition from working age to retirement, the funding of pension systems, but also on solutions that enable our senior citizens to live longer at home or in Senior Homes, in their communities of choice. 

The board of the European Green Seniors, who is new since half 2016, worked also on his own program and activities and will help develop age related questions to put it on the European agenda. Also they will support initiatives of their members to put questions on the table of local governments. 


On the photo: the board of ENGS: Tony Cooreman (Flanders/Belgium), Anette Muggenthaler (Germany), Vivianne Gunnarson (Sweden), Birgit Meinhard-Schiebel (Austria), Frank Hauser (Germany), Reino Lampinen (Finland).


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Treaties of Rome – 60th Anniversary

Commenting on the 60th anniversary of the signature of the Treaties of Rome, European Party Co-Chairs Reinhard Bütikofer and Monica Frassoni said:

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Green Seniors on stage

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European Green Council Paris 2012 – but always up to date

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Älter ist nicht gern gesehen…

Demografie-Conference Poetry Slam from Svenja Gräfen

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