Intl Day of Older persons

Today is International Day of Older Persons. The number of ppl over 60 yrs is expected to double by 2050


"Making cities inclusive of older persons means generating opportunities for their economic and social participation in accessible and safe environments. It also means providing affordable housing as well as the health and social services needed to support ageing in place."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


2015 Theme: Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment


On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly (by resolution 45/106) designated 1 October 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 (by resolution 46/91) 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 2015 commemoration is “Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment”.

Living up to the Secretary-General'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. If our ambition is to "Build the Future We Want", we must address the population over 60 which is expected to reach 1.4 billion by 2030.




NGO Committee on Ageing, United Nations, New York





The 2015 celebration of the 25th anniversary of International Day of Older Persons (IDOP), in anticipation of the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) to be held in 2016, will focus not only on the impact of the new urban environment on older persons, but also the impact of older persons on the new urban environment. Already, the move of people worldwide to cities is happening at a record pace, with 6 out of every 10 people in the world expected to reside in urban areas by 2030.

Consistent with the phenomenon of urbanization, the number of older persons is increasing most rapidly in urban areas of developing countries. The combined effect of both phenomena means that the number of people over 60 living in cities may grow to over 900 million by 2050 – making up a quarter of the total urban population in developing countries1.

In principle, these trends offer older persons prospects for improving their quality of life. Well planned cities are more likely to provide income generating and education opportunities, in addition to housing and urban environments that are more accessible and safe for older persons, including the incorporation of age friendly features in public facilities.

This includes access to affordable, reliable, safe and physically accessible transportation, which is one of the cornerstones of older persons’ participation, independence and social inclusion. The 2015 IDOP celebration seeks to demonstrate that an age inclusive agenda is crucial for sustainable urban environments to promote equity, welfare and shared prosperity for all. The objectives of the 2015 IDOP are to draw attention to:

1. the fundamental principles and rights that guide the provision of services in age-inclusive cities, so as to protect the dignity and fundamental rights of older persons, as well as prevent their isolation, abuse and neglect.

2. opportunities for older persons to participate in planning and addressing their needs in an urban environment in order to improve access to resources and services;

3. initiatives that can be undertaken through partnerships between governments and the private sector to provide affordable and appropriate housing and transportation for older persons;

4. the role that innovative technology plays in contributing to the creation of more age-inclusive environments;

5. the importance of intergenerational support for the social, economic and cultural arenas of urban environments;

6. the upcoming third review of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, particularly with regard to its “Priority direction III: ensuring enabling and supportive environments”.



1 UNFPA and HelpAge International. Ageing in the Twenty-First Century: a Celebration and a Challenge (2012)

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