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The 24th Annual United Nations Celebration of International Day of Older Persons

Registration for morning event and the Luncheon

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When: October 9th, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Where: ECOSOC Chamber; attendees should enter the gate at E 46th Street and 1st Avenue.
The 24th Annual United Nations Celebration of International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) will be held at United Nations headquarters on October 9th under the auspices of the CoNGO Non Governmental Committee on Ageing /New York with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Open to the public, this year’s program is sponsored by the governments of Argentina, El Salvador, Slovenia, South Africa and Thailand.
“Leave No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All” is the theme of this year’s event which will be held on from 10 am to 1 pm. Featured as the keynote speaker will be Ms. Amina Mohammed, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning. A panel “Breaking Barriers: Sharing Successful Innovative Approaches to Ageing” will include stories from El Salvador’s grassroots organizers, showcasing technological innovations for global ageing populations and dealing with disability in ageing. Deputy Permanent Representative of Argentina, Mr. Mateo Estrémé, Chair of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing will provide an update on the status of efforts to develop a legally binding document protecting the rights of older persons.

A luncheon “Ageing is an Intergenerational Journey” will follow in the United Nations Delegates Dining Room.

Pfizer, Inc. is a financial sponsor.

Further details of the International Day of Older Persons can be viewed here.
Past celebrations of the International Day of Older Persons can be reviewed here.

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The Alliance is committed to building national-level capacity to work towards more effective human rights instruments for older people.

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On 21 December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly established an Open-ended Working Group on Ageing with a mandate to identify gaps in the protection of the rights of older people and ways in which these gaps can be addressed.

Endorsed by 76 Organizations