"Innovative Ideas in Combating Poverty: Opportunities & Challenges"
February 08, 2011 - February 09, 2011
AARP, in cooperation with the United Nations Programme on Ageing, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), and United Nations University (UNU) organized a series of luncheon briefings on key global aging issues from February 8-9, 2011.
The fifth annual AARP UN Briefing Series commemorated the UN Commission for Social Development 49th session (February 8-19, 2011), which devoted its priority theme to "Poverty Eradication". To inform the discussions of the commission, innovative ideas in combating poverty along with the opportunities and challenges of global aging were discussed. AARP, UNDESA and UNU convened two luncheon briefings which brought together government delegates, NGOs, foundations, and academics.
Madame Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile and current Under Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women delivered the keynote address at the briefing via video message.
Additional Speakers included: Lee Hammond, AARP President; Rosemary Lane, Senior Social Affairs Officer, Focal Point on Ageing, UN Programme on Ageing, Department of Economic and Social Affairs; HE. Mr. Jorge Martin Arturo Arguello, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the UN; Michael W. Hodin, Executive Director, Global Coalition on Aging and Adjunct Senior Fellow, the Council on Foreign Relations; Josh Collett, Vice President, International Affairs, AARP; Nicola Armacost, Managing Director and Co-founder, Arc Finance; Ivan Šimonovic, Assistant Secretary-General, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights - New York; Dr. Anne Degrand-Guillaud, Directorate General of Employment and Social Affairs, European Commission; Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary General Department for Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations; and others.