Des­ig­nated day for older per­sons

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

On De­cem­ber 14, 1990, the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly des­ig­nated Oc­to­ber 1 be the In­ter­na­tional Day of Older Per­sons.

This was pre­ceded by ini­tia­tives such as the Vi­enna In­ter­na­tional Plan of Ac­tion on Age­ing – which was adopted by the 1982 World Assem­bly on Age­ing – and en­dorsed later that year by the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly.

In 1991, the Gen­eral Assem­bly adopted the United Na­tions Prin­ci­ples for Older Per­sons.

In 2002, the Sec­ond World Assem­bly on Age­ing adopted the Madrid In­ter­na­tional Plan of Ac­tion on Age­ing, to re­spond to the op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges of pop­u­la­tion age­ing in the 21st cen­tury and to pro­mote the de­vel­op­ment of a so­ci­ety for all ages.

The theme of the 2014 com­mem­o­ra­tion, the 24th In­ter­na­tional Day of Older Per­sons, is ‘‘Leav­ing No One Be­hind: Pro­mot­ing a So­ci­ety for All’’.

Liv­ing up to the Sec­re­tary­Gen­eral’s guid­ing prin­ci­ple of ‘‘Leav­ing No-One Be­hind’’ ne­ces­si­tates the un­der­stand­ing that de­mog­ra­phy mat­ters for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and that pop­u­la­tion dy­nam­ics will shape the key de­vel­op­men­tal chal­lenges that the world in con­fronting in the 21st cen­tury.

Not ad­dress­ing older per­sons means not ad­dress­ing 20 per cent of the global pop­u­la­tion by 2030, where there will be more peo­ple over 60 than chil­dren un­der 10, with the most rapid change in age struc­tures oc­cur­ring in the de­vel­op­ing world. The pop­u­la­tion of over 60s is ex­pected to reach 1.4 bil­lion by 2030.

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