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73. As a basis for moving ahead, a number of lessons have been identified that draw from past emergency experiences and informed the Winnipeg Workshop discussions and the development of priorities for action. These are presented in Appendix 2.

74. It is expected that the deliberations of the Winnipeg Workshop will make a significant contribution to future work on developing a global policy framework on seniors in emergencies in at least two respects. The discussions sparked an important and unique interdisciplinary dialogue among over one hundred experts from the fields of gerontology, health, emergency management, first responders, humanitarian aid and seniors themselves. This dialogue will contribute to a better understanding of the impacts of disasters on older people and of the actions required to integrate seniors' contributions into emergency preparedness efforts. In addition, the guidance provided by participants of the Winnipeg Workshop will strengthen awareness and understanding of the global importance of protecting and assisting older people in crises and contribute substantially to ensuring that in the future, seniors' issues are better integrated into emergency preparedness policies, programmes, and practices at the local, regional, national and international levels.

75. Despite this progress, further important work remains to be done. Specifically, there is a need to move beyond the priorities for action that have been identified in the Winnipeg Workshop and to develop implementation strategies within each of these thematic areas. These strategies must identify what needs to be done and by whom, within specific time frames.

76. A follow-up policy workshop on seniors and emergency preparedness will be held in the first half of 2008 in collaboration with other global partners. It will draw from the conclusions and recommendations emanating from the 46th session of the Commission for Social Development and its review and appraisal of the MIPAA. The workshop will also be informed by the ongoing work of the two Steering Committees and their associated working groups.

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