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High-Level Conference on Policies for Equal Ageing

Brdo pri Kranju, 25 and 26 January 2018 – Co-organised by the Slovenian Government and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the two-day High-Level Conference on Policies for Equal Ageing: A Life-Course Approach is being held at the Brdo Congress Centre. The Conference draws on research into how inequalities in education, health, employment and income are compounded as people age, and on OECD policy proposals to prevent these inequalities from developing. The Conference opened with welcoming addresses by Minister Erjavec and Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff, Special Counsellor and Sherpa to the G20.

Minister Erjavec highlighted the fact that changes to the age structure of the population had become a global challenge, people were living longer and societies were becoming “long-lived”. Demographic changes require us to adapt existing education, social security and labour market systems. Being one of the OECD countries most affected by an ageing population, Slovenia is paying particular attention to the rights of older persons in its foreign policy activities, in the field of respect for human rights and in multilateral forums. It is essential for the well-being of all generations that we reach consensus on all future social policies and build on the notion of cooperation and solidarity between generations.
The Conference is being attended by employment, health and education ministers and state secretaries from OECD member states and partner countries, and by experts and NGO representatives. The four conference panels are devoted to the following topics: the importance of high-quality education from early childhood and throughout life; ensuring equal access to health prevention and care; interruptions to career paths and how they affect life income; and ensuring older workers can participate in the labour market. Under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an event entitled “Efforts towards Sustainability and Equality in Ageing” is also taking place on the sidelines of the Conference, with Slovenian companies and institutions presenting innovative products and solutions in the field of ageing and health: Doktor24, Eurotronik Kranj, Feelif, Institute Jozef Stefan, Mids (iHelp), Neus Diagnostics, Ripitz Innovation, Simbioza Genesis, Snaut, University Rehabilitation Institute of Slovenia, 24alife.   
This is the first OECD high-level conference on ageing. The joint organisation of the Conference is in line with Slovenia’s ageing population policies and with the 2017 Active Ageing Strategy.