Thursday, October 1, 2009

Happy International Day of Older Persons

Today is the 10th International Day of Older Persons.  We've just received this press release from the United Nations to mark the event.


Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today led a call for governments to build inclusive societies that emphasize participation, self-fulfilment, independence, care and dignity for people of all ages, especially the elderly.

In a message marking the 10th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons, observed annually on 1 October, Mr. Ban noted that the motto “towards a society for all ages” was adopted in 1999 and reaffirmed at the Second World Assembly on Ageing in 2002.

“We have campaigned for policies that will enable older persons to live in an environment that enhances their capabilities, fosters their independence, and provides them with adequate support and care as they age,” said Mr. Ban.

He stressed that this emphasis takes on even greater importance as the world struggles to confront global food, energy, climate, financial and economic crises.

“We must put an end to age discrimination, abuse, neglect and violence against older persons,” said Mr. Ban. “I urge states to put the necessary legal protections in place, and I urge all partners to help countries develop the capacity and institutions to achieve this objective.”

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