The conference is co-hosted by HelpAge International, UNFPA and the State Welfare Organization, Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Islamic Republic of Iran, State Welfare Organization (SWO)

The State Welfare Organization (SWO) is a subsection of the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare. It is one of the most important state support institutions that help people with disabilities and people deprived of their community through public funds.

The SWO was formed by merging 16 organisations, foundations, institutions and associations to take measures and provide non-rational services and protections with the preservation of human values ​​and dignity. Relying on people's contributions and close cooperation among relevant organisations, its mission is to expand rehabilitation, protection and prevention of social harms and disabilities, and to secure the basic needs of underprivileged groups. 


Visit SWO website

Islamic Republic of Iran, Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare (MoCLSW)

Established by a merger of the Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Cooperatives and Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare (MoCLSW) provides employment relation services, expanding and enhancing cooperatives and finally improvement and promotion of welfare and social security.


Visit MoCLSW website

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund based its work on the premise that the power of people to exercise their rights and make choices will determine the health and well-being of present and future generations and is central to achieving the world’s Sustainable Development Goals.  

Taking a life-cycle approach, UNFPA also works to raise awareness about population ageing and the need to harness its opportunities and address its challenges. UNFPA supports research and data collection to support evidence-based policies and planning, and makes sure ageing issues are integrated into national development programmes and poverty reduction strategies.

Website: UNFPA Asia & the Pacific, UNFPA Iran

Twitter: @UNFPAasia, @UNFPA_IRAN
Facebook: UNFPAAsiaPacific

HelpAge International

HelpAge International is the Secretariat of a global network of organisations with a mission to work with and for disadvantaged older people worldwide to achieve a lasting improvement in the quality of their lives. The HelpAge Asia Pacific Regional Office is based in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  We engage with national network partners across Asia, supported in some countries by HelpAge country offices.

Since 1988, HelpAge and the network have worked together on wide range of issues such as social protection, community-based organisations, livelihoods, health and care, and rights promotion.   We also respond to emergencies and promote resilience through disaster risk reduction (DRR).

HelpAge in Asia promotes the social and economic adaptations needed in policies and national systems to help governments prepare for rapid population ageing.

HelpAge works closely with governments and policy makers, academic institutions, UN/NGOs and older people's groups by bringing people together, sharing knowledge, piloting innovations, conducting research and skills transfer.


Website: HelpAge global websiteAsia Pacific regional website

Twitter: @HelpAgeAPRO

Facebook: HelpAgeAPRO

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Age International

Age International is a UK based charity founded by Age UK in 2012. We support older people in developing countries by improving livelihoods, health and healthcare; providing age-friendly emergency relief; and by challenging attitudes, influencing decision-makers and changing policies.

We raise awareness and funds in the UK, enabling us and our partner, HelpAge International, to address the needs of older people in some of the world’s poorest countries – from Ethiopia and Zimbabwe to Haiti and Nepal. We are also a member of the HelpAge Global Network – a global network of ageing organisations striving to make the world better for older people.


From reacting swiftly and appropriately in emergency situations, to delivering long-term development programmes through local organisations and HelpAge International, Age International is able to give older people the help they need to be self-sufficient, productive and valued members of their communities.


Age International is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.


Visit Age International website

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

ESCAP’s work on social development is driven by the call of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to “leave no-one behind”.

The Social Development Division presents evidence-based policy analysis on poverty and inequality reduction, promotes social protection and decent job creation, fosters gender equality and women’s empowerment, and aims to strengthen social inclusion of persons with disabilities, older persons, youth and migrant workers, among other vulnerable groups.

ESCAP supports member States in implementing the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) through periodic reviews that aim to strengthen regional cooperation and enhance government capacity to design and implement policy measures that empower older persons, and promote and protect their rights.

Visti ESCAP website

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Conference secretariat:

HelpAge International, Asia Pacific Regional Office

6 Soi 17, Nimmanhemin Rd., Suthep,

Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 Thailand

Tel: +66 53 225 440

Fax: +66 53 225 441


© 2018 HelpAge International, Asia Pacific Regional Office

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