Seventy-five years ago, this year, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, a monumental document in the history of human rights. Written by representatives from around the world with different legal, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds, it is the first document articulating the fundamental human rights that are meant to be universally protected. In recognition of this milestone, and looking to a future that delivers on the promise to ensure that all persons, including all older persons, fully enjoy their human rights and fundamental freedoms, the 33rd commemoration of the United Nations International Day of Older Persons will focus on the theme of “Fulfilling the Promises of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for Older Persons: Across Generations”.
The event will put a spotlight on the specificity of older persons around the world, for the enjoyment of their rights and in addressing violations, and how the strengthening of solidarity through equity and reciprocity between generations offers sustainable solutions to deliver on the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals.
According to the outcomes of the Fourth Review and Appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA), age-based discrimination in institutions, attitudes and practices continues to be rampant, highlighting deficiencies in the implementation of international and national frameworks for older persons. Systemic and structural barriers often exist for older persons in the context of work, standards of living, learning opportunities and access to services and resources because of ageist attitudes, discriminatory laws and policies, underfunding, and lack of accessibility and affordability, among others.
2023 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF OLDER PERSONS CELEBRATION
Monday, October 2, 2023 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ECOSOC Chamber (OR LIVE on https://media.un.org/en/webtv )
UN Headquarters Visitors’ entrance, First Avenue and 46th Street
Watch the event here: https://youtu.be/LpZ7hCTU9gU
Welcome to #OlderNotOver
Championing a fuller, more authentic portrayal of what life really looks like after 60.
#OlderNotOver is a three-year campaign by HelpAge International that will champion a fuller, more authentic portrayal of what life really looks like after 60, from America to Zimbabwe.
The world is changing. It’s getting older, rapidly. By 2030, one in six of us will be 60 or above. In countries like Japan and Italy, that figure becomes one in three.
Imagine how different society will look and feel with a third of us being older. A huge change is coming.