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PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME: 1 DECEMBER 2021

TIME (EET, GMT+2)
SESSION
DESCRIPTION
10:00 – 10:45
Opening plenary

SHAPING EUROPE’S DEMOGRAPHIC FUTURE

Opening addresses and remarks. READ MORE
10:45 – 11:00
Networking break
 
11:00 – 12:00
Plenary 1

DEMOGRAPHIC RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

In this session, ministers and other high-level government representatives from Europe and Central Asia, along with prominent thought leaders, will offer perspectives on what challenges and opportunities countries are encountering in addressing demographic change with a view to reducing inequalities, ensuring sustainable growth, strengthening human capital, and expanding opportunities for all. READ MORE

12:00 – 12:15
Networking break
 
12:15 – 13:30

DEMOGRAPHIC RESILIENCE EXPO

Panel discussion to launch the Demographic Resilience Expo, an entirely virtual space where participants from government, civil society, academia and international organizations have the opportunity to showcase, browse and network around good practices and promising initiatives related to addressing demographic change. The Expo serves to exchange knowledge and experience for adaptation and replication in other countries. READ MORE

13:30 – 15:00
Lunch break
 
15:00 – 16:00
Plenary 2

DEMOCRACY & DEMOGRAPHY

Government representatives and prominent thought leaders will explore the interplay between demography and democracy, and discuss how demographic change can be an opportunity for making democracies stronger and more inclusive. READ MORE

16:00 – 16:30
Networking break
 
16:30 – 18:00
Ministerial dialogue 1

HARNESSING THE POTENTIAL OF AGEING SOCIETIES

Populations across Europe and Central Asia are ageing rapidly, and many countries are struggling to adapt to this reality. This session will showcase successful initiatives to respond to, and manage, population ageing, and discuss new ways of creating societies for all ages that foster the inclusion of older people, and help countries realize the longevity dividend. READ MORE

19:00
Official reception
 

PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME: 2 DECEMBER 2021

09:00 – 10:15
Ministerial dialogue 2

FERTILITY: LOOKING BEYOND NUMBERS

Virtually all countries in Europe have fertility rates below replacement level. Fertility rates reflect choices that people make about their lives. When choices are affected by barriers that people face in having the number of children they want, a variety of policies can help close the gap between fertility intention and actual fertility levels. This session focuses on recent trends in fertility rates and evidence-based examples of what governments can do to help people have the number of children they want. READ MORE

10:15 – 10:45
Networking break
 
10:45 – 12:00
Ministerial dialogue 3

GENDER EQUALITY & FAMILY-FRIENDLY POLICIES

Improving gender equality and introducing gender-responsive family policies has emerged in recent years as a key building block in developing comprehensive responses to demographic change. The session will discuss the way gender equality and demographic change interact. It will also identify innovative, workable solutions for ensuring that working parents – men and women – are able to combine family and career. READ MORE

12:00 – 12:15
Networking break
 
12:15 – 13:30
Ministerial dialogue 4

ASPIRATIONS, ANXIETIES AND ATTITUDES OF YOUNG PEOPLE

Enabling young people to fulfil their potential is key for countries to prosper in the context of demographic change. Yet many young people are excluded from the labour market and political life, and millions, especially in East and Southeast Europe, see little future in their own country. This session will focus on young people and their aspirations, and will highlight successful measures aimed at building young people’s confidence in their future. READ MORE

13:30 – 14:30
Lunch break
 
14:30 – 15:45
Ministerial dialogue 5

RURAL REVITALIZATION: CHOICES & FUTURES

Across Europe and Central Asia, people leave rural areas to look for opportunities in urban centres or abroad, making life harder for the mostly older people staying behind and making it costly to maintain infrastructure and services in sparsely populated areas. The session will showcase promising examples of rural revitalization and strategies to successfully adapt to smaller populations in areas with limited opportunities for revitalization. READ MORE

15:45 – 16:00
Networking break
 
16:00 – 17:15
Ministerial dialogue 6

FINANCING OF SOCIAL POLICIES IN A NEW DEMOGRAPHIC REALITY

Demographic shifts such as population ageing and population decrease have put major strains on the sustainability of social systems, infrastructure and services. This session will provide an opportunity to look at lessons learned from countries with longer experience in adapting social and other systems to demographic change, and discuss the implications of new data and evidence. READ MORE

17:30 – 18:00
Closing

PATHWAYS FOR SOCIETIES TO THRIVE IN A WORLD OF RAPID DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE

  • Launch of Decade of Demographic Resilience
  • Launch of Sofia Alliance, Policy and Practice Community for Demographic Resilience
  • Closing remarks

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Organized under the auspices of the President of Bulgaria