Action on Aging advocates at the United Nations
(UN) in New York to build a better society for older
people across the globe. Older persons’ numbers
are increasing rapidly. One out of every ten persons is
now 60 years or above; by 2050, one out of five will be
60 years or older. UN Member States correctly see this
growth among the elderly as a tremendous economic and
social challenge for their countries and the world. At
the same time, governments agree with Global Action on
Aging that the world’s elderly offer great talent and
energy to their nations and our world.
of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human
Rights (July 23-27)
Strengthening the Rights of Older People Worldwide:
Building Greater European Support (December 5-7, 2012)
Americas: Additional Protocol to the
American Convention on Human Rights in the Area of
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights “Protocol of San
(Article in Spanish)
Since 2007, the Ecuadorian government has revised its laws to recognize senior’s rights in accordance with the Political Constitution of Ecuador (Constitución Política del Ecuador) and the National Plan of Good Living (Plan Nacional del Buen Vivir). The Ecuadorian government respects the compromises made by the Declaration of Brasilia (Declaración de Brasilia). The comprehensive document describes Ecuador’s laws, the country’s responses to the Declaration of Brasilia, the services provided to older adults, the governmental branches that serve seniors, and some statistics that pertain to older Ecuadorian adults.
General Segment: Draft Programme (2012)
A substantive session of the UN is composed of five segments: the High-level Segment; the Coordination Segment; the Operational Activities Segment; the Humanitarian Affairs Segment; and the General Segment. The General Segment will discuss nine agenda items relating to the work of the UN in the field of development. Three main types of discussions will occur: the review of the reports of the Council’s subsidiary and expert bodies, the system-wide coordination and review of specific development issues, and special country or regional issues.
World: Dementia: A Public Heath Priority (2012)
The World Health Organization and Alzheimer’s Disease International jointly released a report on the global impact of dementia to encourage policymakers and others to address the impact of dementia. Additionally, the authors want to establish dementia as a global health issue. The report discusses epidemiology, current policy, health and social care systems, caregiving and care givers, public perception issues, and future courses of action.
Venezuela: Calls to Make the Treatment of Older Adults Reasonable in Venezuela (May 31, 2012)
(Article in Spanish)
In Caracas, Venezuela, the I National Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics (el I Congreso Nacional de Gerontología y Geriatría) included 40 geriatricians and 37 gerontologists. They explored such topics as malnutrition, loneliness, abandonment and depression. Specialist Milagros Torres insisted that healthcare providers should work as interdisciplinary teams. The Congress concluded on May 31, 2012.
San Jose Charter on the Rights of Older Persons in Latin America and the Caribbean (May 8-11, 2012)
Representatives from the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean gathered from May 8 to May 11, 2012, at their Third Regional Intergovernmental Conference on Ageing. Together, they identified the essential actions needed to strengthen the human rights and social protection of older persons in Latin America and the Caribbean. Please review the document to learn about the innovative proposals that these governments intend to put into place for older persons.
World: National Websites for the European Year 2012 for Active Ageing And Solidarity Between Generations (February 2012)
To mark the European Year 2012 dedicated to active aging and intergenerational solidarity, several Member States of the European Union put up a national website available to the public to promote their actions. By providing useful links, downloadable documents and information on events and good practices, these official sites also encourage visitors to engage, act and present their initiatives.
Click the name of each country to access the website:
Austria - Denmark - Estonia - Finland - France - Germany - Italy – Norway - Spain
Report: EU: European Commission Active Ageing Report (January 2012)
What do we understand about being old? Can we comprehend the consequences today that will be prevalent at least 15 years from now? This report produced for the Active Aging Year of the EU reflects some of the perceptions that young and older Europeans have on aging and “being old.” For example, the majority of Europeans (71 percent) are aware of the fact that the population is getting older, but this is a concern for only 42 percent of them. A bigger discrepancy exists about the age that people consider “old.” In more developed European countries such as the Netherlands, people consider a person old if they are 70 years or older; whereas in Slovakia you’re regarded “old” once you hit 57. Policies should be adapted to the social, cultural and economic circumstances in which people age in different countries.
Report: Global Population Aging: Peril or Promise? (2012)
At its meeting last week in Davos, the World Economic Forum included aging on its agenda for the first time. This report put together by the World Economic Forum provides a comprehensive answer to different challenges that societies will face as the globe ages.
Report: Report on the Situation of Older Persons in the Hemisphere and the Effectiveness of Binding Universal and Regional Human Rights Instruments with Regard to Protection of the Human Rights of Older Persons (December 5, 2011)
UN Secretary General’s Message on the International Day of Older Persons for 2011
Humanitarian aid is a crucial element of disaster relief. But there is big gap in data collection regarding sex and age disaggregation of the victims. This report, prepared by Feinstein International Center, claims that “Humanitarian aid remains largely anecdote rather than evidence driven” which results in weak analysis of how the aid has been used and whether or not it really served the ones in need.
Adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2002, the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) was a stepping stone towards recognizing the rights and potential of older persons. Since then, progress has been made in introducing new policies on ageing in several countries, but in most the implementation has been inefficient or even non-existent. Now is the time for older people to take action and remind their governments about MIPAA. What can YOU do to make the changes happen?
The first session of the UN Working Group on the Human Rights of Older Persons was held April 18-21, 2011 in New York. At this meeting the current situation of the rights of older people at the international and regional levels was analyzed.
Statement by the International NGO Coalition for the
Rights of Older People (April 18, 2011)
Social Protection Schemes
Most Effective Way to Combat Poverty (February 17,
World: The Harsh
Mathematics of Aging (January 26, 2011)
Report: Latin America and
the Caribbean: Aging and Development in Latin America
and the Caribbean (December 2010)
Resolution on the “Follow-Up to the Second World
Assembly on Ageing” (November 16, 2010)
UN Funds and Programs
Focal Points on Aging
The UN Secretariat Building