Special Representative on Elderly Issues

Paola TavernaPAOLA TAVERNA (ITALY)

Paola Taverna was appointed OSCE PA Special Representative on Elderly Issues in August 2021. As Special Representative, she works to promote OSCE PA engagement on issues facing senior citizens in the OSCE area and facilitate the exchange of best practices on elderly issues. The Special Representative also strives to enhance welfare policies and support for the elderly in the OSCE area and focus the Assembly's attention on promoting measures to facilitate healthy aging.

First elected to parliament in the 2013 Italian general elections, Taverna was elected Vice-President of the Senate in March 2018.

As Special Representative on Elderly Issues, she is mandated, inter alia, to work co-operatively with relevant international organziations and authorities of OSCE participating States.

MANDATE:

  • Raise awareness in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly regarding the issues faced by the rapidly growing elderly population;
  • Stimulate the Assembly on measures to facilitate healthy and active aging to maximize the opportunities that come from longevity;
  • Facilitate the exchange of best practices on elderly issues and consider ways to enhance welfare policies and support for the elderly in the OSCE area;
  • Co-operate and interact with relevant international organizations and competent authorities of the OSCE participating States.
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