New York City Highlighted as Global Model for Age Friendly Cities at United Nations

Feb 06, 2013, 11:55 ET from AARP New York

NEW YORK, Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the challenges of rapidly aging populations facing New York and cities around the world, AARP and the UN are convening international, national and local leaders for a two-day forum to discuss best practices and find policy solutions.  New York City, which is at the forefront of meeting the needs of an older population and is looked to as a model by cities both in the U.S. and internationally, will be highlighted at the forum and will be represented by the City's Commissioner on Aging, Lilliam Barrios-Paoli.  Also speaking at the conference are Rob Romasco, President of AARP and Xiao Caiwei, Vice President of the China National Committee on Ageing.

Currently, New York is home to over 1 million residents age 60 and over.  In 20 years, that number is expected to increase by nearly 50 percent, the fastest increase in history.  New York has begun to meet the challenge of serving the needs of a quickly aging population and was the first of seven other cities in the U.S. to be named an Age-Friendly City by AARP and the World Health Organization (WHO). AARP launched the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities in affiliation with the WHO to educate, encourage, promote, and recognize improvements that make cities, towns, and counties more age-friendly for their residents. 


2013 AARP-UN Briefing Series on Global Aging

An International High Level Forum for Best Practices and Policy Solutions


February 7-8

12:45 – 3:00 pm


Featured Speakers and Panelists Include:

Debra Whitman, Executive Vice President, AARP

Jane Barratt, Secretary General, International Federation on Ageing

Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, Commissioner Department for the Aging, New York City 

Xiao Caiwei, Vice President, China National Committee on Ageing

Rosemary Lane, Senior Social Affairs Officer, Focal Point on Ageing, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations

Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations

Rob Romasco, President, AARP

Richard Blewitt, CEO, HelpAge International

Dr. Asghar Zaidi, Professor in International Social Policy, Centre for Research on Ageing/ESRC Centre for Population Change, University of Southampton


UN Delegates Dining Room, Enter at Visitors Entrance on 46th St. and First Ave.

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