EVENT: Accelerating Responses to Challenges through Innovation—A Multistakeholder Approach to Healthy and Active Aging

In light of the rapid demographic shifts in Asia, how can we engage stakeholders from various sectors and various countries in the effort to promote healthy and active aging in the region? At an AHWIN-sponsored side event, groundbreaking innovations and community-based approaches from Japan and Thailand were introduced as a way to promote discussion on this issue.

Rapid population aging has been recognized as a shared challenge facing the entire Asian region. The complex and multifaceted nature of that challenge requires a multistakeholder approach, involving policymakers, national and local government, the business sector, the healthcare sector, and civil society. Sharing knowledge and innovative approaches will be critical to finding solutions and turning this challenge into an opportunity.

This event was held on the sidelines of the United Nations ESCAP/ UNFPA Midterm Review of the Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Population and Development and was carried out as part of the Asian Health and Wellbeing Initiative (AHWIN), and was co-organized by the Office of Healthcare Policy, Cabinet Secretariat of Japan; Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan; ERIA; JCIE; UNFPA; and HelpAge International.

A report on the event is forthcoming.


Hiroshi Kawamura
Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission, Permanent Representative of Japan to ESCAP
Embassy of Japan in Thailand

Reiko Hayashi
Department of International Research and Cooperation, National Institute of Population and Social Security Research (IPSS), Japan

Sakarn Bunnag
Institute of Geriatrics, Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand

Masanori Kobayashi
CFO and Director, Triple W Japan Inc.

Peter Morrison
Regional Programme Adviser, Ageing and Development
Asia Pacific, HelpAge International

Rintaro Mori
Regional Advisor on Population Ageing and Sustainable Development
UNFPA Asia-Pacific Office

Laura Londén
Deputy Executive Director

Kaveh Zahedi
Deputy Executive Secretary
United Nations ESCAP

Osuke Komazawa
Special Advisor on Healthcare & Long Term Care Policy
Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)

Ryoko Nishida
Senior Associate
Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)

(Photos from this event provided by  ESCAP/Michael Linennen)

(Photos from this event provided by ESCAP/Michael Linennen)