“Malta holds a key place in the history of international ageing policy. In 1968, the Maltese Government was the first nation to bring a motion before the United Nations that called for an action plan in regard to the world's ageing population”.
This was stated by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, George W. Vella this morning when he launched an International training course on Social Gerontology at the International Institute on Ageing at the institute in Valletta.
Minister Vella said that in 2013, the Parliamentary Secretariat was renamed ‘Parliamentary Secretariat for Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing’ to emphasise the Government’s commitment towards improved levels of quality of life in old age.
Minister Vella said that this year instigated a renaissance for ageing policy as the Parliamentary Secretariat for Active Ageing shifted its focus from ‘elderly care’ to ‘active citizenship’ issues.
INIA’s mandate is to empower low-income countries and countries with economies-in-transition, to cope with the challenges of the consequences of mass longevity in the next decades by building capacity, so that they will be able to educate and train their own personnel to formulate and implement their own appropriate policies. This is done by means of international training programmes held annually in Malta, as well as through in-situ training programmes held in collaboration with national and regional training centres and also through the set-up of INIA’s Satellite Centres in different regions.
With strong financial support from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, INIA held numerous international training programmes that are oriented towards professionals working in the field of ageing. Up to December 2015, INIA has trained 2,165 candidates in Malta hailing from 141 countries. In addition, 99 in-situ training programmes were held in 27 low-income countries and in countries with economies-in-transition, training 3,111 participants.