The Research Agenda on Ageing for the Twenty-First Century is designed
to support the implementation of the Madrid International Plan for Action
on Ageing 2002, adopted by the Second World Assembly on Ageing (8-12 April
2002, Madrid, Spain). The Research Agenda identifies priorities for policy
related research and data collection. Simultaneously, it encourages researchers
to pursue studies in policy related areas of ageing where the findings
may have practical and realistic applications.
The Research Agenda has been developed by the United Nations Programme
on Ageing together with the International Association of Gerontology and
with the support of the Novartis Foundation for Gerontology and the Government
of the Federal Republic of Germany in a series of expert consultations,
and subsequently endorsed by the Valencia Forum in April 2002.
The Research Agenda on Ageing is addressed to legislatures, governments,
academia, as well as non-governmental organizations and aid agencies dealing
with issues of population and individual ageing. It is based on recognition
of the diversity in societies at different levels of demographic as well
as social and economic development.
The Research Agenda builds on an already substantial body of knowledge
and expertise assembled in gerontology and related fields over many decades.
However, that international body of knowledge may not be fully accessible
or relevant in the social and economic circumstances of countries with
substantially less resources for conducting research. In implementing
the Research Agenda, there is a need to assess the 'state of the art'
of existing knowledge, as it varies across countries and regions, and
to identify priority gaps in information necessary for policy development.
Thus, the Research Agenda identifies, in addition to key research priorities,
the potential foci for implementation, support and funding of its major
The Research Agenda, therefore, represents a unique initiative in the
area of ageing and development, intended to contribute to the elaboration
and implementation of public policies on ageing and influence the direction
and priorities for scientific gerontology in the decades to come.
Full reasearch can be found
Please also take a
look at the:
Club of Amsterdam Forum
and the Club of Amsterdam
Event about 'Senior
Citizens & future Technology'