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Join UNFPA and University College London on Friday, 28 January at 10 a.m. CET for the launch of a new multinational survey on loneliness and social isolation among older people in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. 

A panel of experts from academia, civil society and international organizations will discuss the results of the survey and shed light on the effects of COVID-19 on loneliness with a view to improving the well-being and respect for the rights of older people as countries emerge from the pandemic and aim to build back better.

Speakers include: 

Giulia Vallese, UNFPA Regional Director a.i. for Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Tara Keck, Professor of Neuroscience, University College London (lead researcher) 

Sejdefa Basic, Collective Impact Director, Mozaik Foundation and Founder of first Health Ageing Centre in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Beatrice Dhombres, Senior Scientist, Joint Research Centre, European Union

Vitalija Gaucaite Wittich, Chief, Population Unit, Statistical Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe


Eduard Jongstra, Regional Adviser, Population and Development, UNFPA Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia


The event will be broadcast in English, Albanian, Azerbaijani, Bosnian, Croatian, Georgian and Serbian via YouTube Live. To join the event, please visit the UNFPA Eastern Europe & Central Asia YouTube page.