The United Nations Economic and Social Council, through its resolution 2010/14, has called upon governments and regional commissions that during 2012 they undertake celebratory actions of the ten years since the adoption of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing. Meanwhile in Latin America and the Caribbean, through the agreements adopted through the ECLAC Special Committee on Population and Development in 2010, the Member States conducted a regional meeting of commemoration.
In response to this mandate, ECLAC and the government of Costa Rica are organizing the Third Regional Intergovernmental Conference on Ageing in Latin America and the Caribbean, that will take place from 8 to 11 May 2012 in the city of San José, and whose central theme is "Ageing, Solidarity and Social Protection: Time to Move Towards Equality."
This third conference's objective is to examine the accomplishments in the application of the international commitments made by ECLAC member countries in the Brasilia Declaration, adopted in 2007. It will also serve to identify key actions towards its implementations in the next five years, specifically those that will stengthen national capacities to reposnd to major acllenges and emerging issues relations to older persons. It will also allow the regional contribution that will be presented before the Comission for Social Development in its 51st session, that will take palce in February 2013.