Workshop “Addressing Data Gaps for Active Ageing Indicators” was held in the National Statistical Committee of the Republic of Belarus 23-24 June, 2016. The workshop was organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) with the financial support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
The workshop was opened by the Deputy Chairperson of the National Statistical Committee of the Republic of Belarus Zhanna Vasilevskaya, the Chief of the Population Unit of UNECE Statistical Division Vitalija Gaucaite Wittich, the Deputy Representative UNFPA Belarus Elena Kasko.
Zhanna Vasilevskaya welcomed the participants of the workshop and pointed out, that today the Republic of Belarus, as many other countries, is dealing with implementation of the Madrid International Action Plan on Ageing and its Regional Implementation Strategy. In Belarus the national statistical office is the main source of information on demographic situation and socio-economic conditions of the elderly, which serves as a basis in determining the national policy in this sphere. In this regard, the National Statistical Committee is making considerable efforts to improve its collection and to search for new sources.
«The demographic process of the society ageing is the global challenge nowadays. For every country with ageing population including Belarus it is very important to develop national policy for older people based on high-quality and reliable data. Population ageing problem is one of the priorities of the UNFPA country program for 2016-2020 years, so we will follow the work and the results of the workshop with great interest», – Elena Kasko pointed out.
During the workshop the work done by the countries on preparation of the statistical annex containing 22 indicators on active aging within the third cycle of the review and evaluation of the implementation of the Madrid International Action Plan on Ageing and its Regional Implementation Strategy was analyzed. The particular consideration was given to discussion of the alternative information sources for indicators with missing data.
Besides, the report on calculation of Active Ageing Index was presented. Representatives of statistical offices and national focal points on active ageing from Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) and the Western Balkans countries as well as UNFPA representatives participated in the workshop.
Representative of Moldova and Serbia shared their experience on identification and collection of data for active ageing indicators.
The main outcome of the workshop will further statistical capacity building of EECCA and the Western Balkans countries on calculation of active aging indicators.