NGOs, experts, and governments have started collaboration: New movement in international cooperation on population aging
The Symposium for Global Partnership on Ageing was held in Tokyo and Shizuoka last December. It was co-sponsored by the Cabinet Office, Shizuoka Prefecture, and Japan NGO Council on Ageing (=JANCA; Representatives: Tsutomu Hotta and Keiko Higuchi).
The importance of collaboration among governments, citizens, NGOs, and older adults themselves was emphasized at the 2nd World Assembly on Ageing (in Madrid, Spain) in April 2002. Also, networking and partnerships among NGOs in different nations were strongly recommended at the NGO forum which preceded an inter-government meeting. This symposium was held in response to such needs for information exchange and international collaboration among governments and NGOs, with financial support by the Cabinet Office.
Speakers were invited from China, South Korea, Thailand, U.K., U.S.A., and Japan. Because this event is a rear opportunity to have international collaboration and information exchange among government officials, experts, and NGO representatives, it has great promise for the future.
The following report was written by Mr. Masahiko Nishiuchi at Kyodo Tsushin, summarizing the latest information and programs based on presentations by speakers from South Korea, China, and Thailand.