On April 9-10, a two-day AgeNet International Conference titled "Ageing with dignity in the modern world: the society consolidation, new opportunities and innovations in the public policy" was successfully conducted in Bishkek with over 50 participants from countries of Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and Europe, including Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Russia, Belorussia, Denmark, Germany, Italy, and Serbia.

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Members of the panel represent different organizations from Central Asia and Europe and Eastern Europe: (left to right), including Chief of Technical Cooperation Unit, Division for Social Policy and Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN Secretariat – Oleg Serezhin; UN Resident Representative Alexander Avanesov; Regional Representative of Dutch Church Aid in KR Thomas Skov-Hansen; Minister of Social Development Kudaibergen Bazarbaev; Regional Representative of Frederick Ebert Foundation Britta Utz; Head of Charitable Fund of Elena and Gennady Timchenko - Vadim Samorodov; Regional Director of HelpAge International in Eastern Europe and Central Asia - Marko Aviotti; and Chair of PU Resource Center of Elderly Svetlana Bashtovenko 


Minister of Social Development Kudaibergen Bazarbaev, moderator of the conference, opened the conference and introduced key speakers of the conference, including Vice Prime Minister Damira Niyazalieva, UNDP Resident Representative Alexander Avanesov, Danish Church Aid Regional Representative Thomas Skov-Hansen, Help AgeNet International Regional Representative Marco Aviotti, Frederick Ebert Foundation Regional Representative Britta Utz, Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Fund Program Director Vadim Samorodov, and Resource Center for the Elderly Public Union Chair Svetlana Bashtovenko. The participants of the conference discussed and analyzed joint actions and policies created by government, civil society, and international organizations for social protection of older people, while considering new global trends in order to develop a joint plan of action aimed at enhancing social well-being of older people. As a result, a joint plan of action was developed for Age Net International network members and other key stakeholders to ensure integration of international best practices and innovative practice into social policy for older people at the national level.

USAID Collaborative Governance Program, through its Act Now grant to Public Union Recource Center for the Elderly, supported the AgeNet International Conference with printing informational and outreach materials and organizing a reception for the conference participants.

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Minister of Social Development Kudaibergen Bazarbaev (center), a wonderful moderator of the conference, introducing members of the panel

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Vice Prime Minister Damira Niyazalieva making opening remarks at the AgeNet International Conference

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UN Resident Representative Alexander Avanesov made his opening remarks at the AgeNet International Conference on April 9, 2015 and shared UN's policy and support of this international initiative aimed to address the issues of elderly regarding their human rights for education, employment, healthcare, and other services

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Chair of PU Resource Center of Elderly Svetlana Bashtovenko, organizer of the AgeNet International Conference on April 9-10, 2015 in Bishkek, highlighted in her speech the importance of all who joined the AgeNet network and supported the conference - participants who came from different parts of the world and of the Kyrgyz Republic. She thanked Minister Bazarbaev for being very supportive and responsive to the issues of the elderly and shared her experience working with the Minister, who is exemplary in the Government of the KR

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USAID CGP Deputy Chief of Party Ainura Djumasheva (second from left) participated in a two-day AgeNet International Conference to liaise with the participants and make sure reception is well organized and outreach materials available for the participants

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CSO reps from different parts of the country participated in the AgeNet International Conference

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The elderly women provided handmade art items for the Fair at the AgeNet International Conference

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Informational materials from different countries of the world were displayed at the AgeNet International Conference

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Marina Selutina, Chief Gerontologist, Voronezh Oblast, the Russian Federation sharing experience on cooperation of civic organizations with Health and Social Development Department on improving access to healthcare and other social services

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Participants of the AgeNet International Conference in Bishkek on April 9-10, 2015 representing public, private, donor and civil society organizations of Central Asia, Europe and Eastern Europe

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Director of HelpAge International in Kyrgyz Republic, Nazgul Asankojoeva, and Chiara Fabrizio, Regional Resource Development Manager, HelpAge International, Eastern Europe and Central Asia

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Irina Bairamukova, Journalist at The Times of Central Asia drafting her article for online and press media

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PU Resource Center for the Elderly team members – organizers of all logistics support for the AgeNet International Conference