Activities of 1999: selected examples

The International Year of Older Persons organized conferences, seminars, research studies, and initiatives that explored and promoted the theme "A society for all ages". Promotional events were also abundant, including cultural, educational, art and social activities, as well as the launching of commemorative stamps, posters, and calendars with the Year's logo. In particular, the Department of Public Information of the United Nations Secretariat implemented a multimedia information campaign to publicize the Year, working closely with the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the non-governmental Committee on Ageing of the Conference of Non-governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CONGO). The campaign spearheaded the launch of the Year at United Nations Headquarters on 1 October 1998 and coordinated a special event on 30 September 1999. The special event occurred against the background of exhibits in the General Assembly Visitor's Lobby, including one by older artists, coordinated by the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. Altogether, the activities have brought to the Year a global relevance that will sustain and move "A society for all ages" beyond 1999 and into the twenty-first century.

This section of the report condenses worldwide activities for the Year into the four facets of the conceptual framework for "A society for all ages": the situation of older persons; lifelong individual development; multigenerational relationships; and population ageing and development. In addition, initiatives with regard to women and ageing are highlighted. Activities at the national level, by the United Nations system, intergovernmental organizations, and international non-governmental organizations, are noted. Given the vast number of activities of over 80 national committees and numerous other entities, not all could be included, owing to limitations of space. In the coming months, as resources are made available, an analysis of the activities will be made, including those listed on the World Wide Web.

1 See Report of the World Assembly on Ageing, Vienna, 26 July-6 August 1982 (United Nations publication, Sales No. E.82.I.16), chap. VI, para. 40.
2 Ibid., para. 25 (I).
3 Economics Department Working Paper No. 217.