In November 2010, the General Assembly adopted a resolution to establish a United Nations working group on the human rights of older persons. Click on each thumbnail photo below to view the full-size image.
Thank you all for helping to mark this momentous turning point in a step towards achieving full human rights for older persons around the globe. For those of you that were not able to attend the community gathering at the United Nations Headquarters in NY today to toast this resolution, we know you were there in spirit.
This video is from today's event. We hope to celebrate many more steps towards a human rights instrument for older persons.
The NGO Committee on Ageing/NY
December 2, 2010
“This is the best news for today –my 68th birthday! Hooray for the great news. This has made my day.” –Hassan Khan, Executive Director, Fiji Council of Social Services
“This is great news for older people in a developing country like Vietnam.” - Pham Tuyet Nhung, Vietnam Association of the Elderly
“This is fantastic news indeed and we shall celebrate. Congratulations to all!” –Rosemary Sishimba, Senior Citizens Association of Zambia
“Surely this is the news every older person of today and all those who will graduate into old age in future would like to hear. This is what we and older people have been anxiously waiting to hear. There is every reason to celebrate.” - Flavian Bifandimu, HelpAge Tanzania
Dr. Laura Machado, International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics and Dr. Alexandre Kalache of the International Centre for Policies on Ageing, Brazil, and special adviser for global ageing to the New York Academy of Medicine toast the landmark resolution on ageing in front of the lagoon of Rio de Janeiro.
Left to right: Vladislav Michalčík, Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón, Arianit Osmani, Claudia Martin, Catherine W. Rochon, and Camila Rodríguez Maldonado.
The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law of American University Washington College of Law join in the global toast to mark the Landmark Resolution on Ageing.
“On behalf of HelpAge Sri Lanka and on behalf of all Senior Citizens in Sri Lanka I would like to thank All HAI staff members and all our network members and everyone who contributed towards this landmark achievement.
Congratulations to everyone for their hard work and contribution!
Cheers!!!!!!!” – Samantha Liyanawaduge, Executive Director, HelpAge Sri Lanka
For us in Africa this calls for a double celebration! I have just returned from the Ministerial meeting of the 2nd. Session of the African Union (AU) Conference of Ministers of Social Development which was held in Khartoum from 21-25 November where the following landmark resolutions on ageing were passed:
CALL UPON Member States to provide access for older persons in Africa to social protection programmes, such as access to revenue for those without pension and access to health care.
DECIDE on the establishment of the Advisory Council on Ageing and REQUEST the African Commission on the Human and People's Rights to include the Council on the ongoing work on a draft additional Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People's Rights (ACHPR) focusing on Ageing to render the Council a firm legal basis.
DECIDE that , pending the conclusion of the Protocol on Ageing and the establishment of the Advisory Council ,the mandate of the current Steering committee on ageing (of which I am a member) be extended. REQUEST the AU C omission to continue assisting the Steering Committee on Ageing with resource mobilization for its functioning.
Professor Nana Araba Apt, PhD
Dean of Academic Affairs, Ashesi University College
Celebrate will all of you the incredible momentum created by the Resolution and hope we can now move to achieving outcomes on behalf of older adults.
Professor Tracey McDonald of the Australian Catholic University and colleagues celebrating the landmark United Nations resolution on aging to establish a UN working group for the purpose of strengthening the protection of the human rights of older persons!
Dr. Gloria Gutman, President of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and Marie Bealieu, North American Region Representative of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse toasting the landmark UN resolution on ageing during the Canadian Association on Gerontology Annual Meeting in Montreal, Dec. 3, 2010.
Dirk Jaspers and Sandra Huenchuan of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean celebrate this landmark resolution on ageing with celebrated with representatives of Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Perú, Nicaragua, Mexico, Panama, and Uruguay.
“CONGRATULATIONS ON A TRULY IMPORTANT MILESTONE -- THE UN RESOLUTION ON AGEING THAT RECOGNIZES AND CELEBRATES PERHAPS THE GREATEST ACHIEVMENT OF OUR TIME, INCREASED LONGEVITY, AND NOW CREATES THE PLATFORM FOR A PATHWAY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS OF THIS GROWING SEGMENT OF THE WORLD POPULATION. IN ROME AN ACTON CONFERENCE ON AGEING IN COLLABORATION WITH VATICAN LEADERSHIP REPRESENTS THE KIND OF PLATFORMS WHERE THIS CELEBRATION WILL BE EXTENDED AND THROUGH WHICH WE CAN BUILD THE INTELLECTUAL, SOCIAL AND POLICY PATHWAY FOR REALIZATION OF THE UN RESOLUTION’S ASPIRATIONS”
We are a "Urban Older Adults" class from the Master of Social Work program at Lehman College. This is our Toast to support the United Nations working group on the human rights of older persons.
The award-winning Hunter College Model UN Team toasts the passage of the recent resolution to establish a working group on the human rights of older people. The Team, which is based in New York City, toasted this auspicious event in their classroom, which is also the room in with Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his first radio address after winning the presidency.
I am so impressed by the energy and enthusiasm shown by so many NGOs and governments around the world for the development of this convention. And I very much look forward to seeing the fruition of this important work.
Charlotte Nusberg, International Advocate, AARP and International Federation on Ageing
A group of 22 gerontologists, physicians, lawyers and care planners for the elderly from the United States gathered with 100 Cuban elders to raise their glass and toast:
Let us raise our voices to celebrate the progress that has been made in the last decades in raising the quality of life of older people throughout the world; Let us remind one another of the challenges that remain to ensure that all people have the love and support we need to achieve and live a good old age.
Photo by Susan Aziz taken during morning meditations at the Convento de Belen, a community center providing comprehensive services to older residents in old Havana.
NEPAL: A toast to celebrate the resolution establishing a UN working group to address protections for the rights of older people.
KOREA: Congratulations from Korea for the UN General Assembly resolution on older people’s rights.
BANGLADESH: A toast to celebrate the resolution establishing a UN working group to address protections for the rights of older people.
AARP believes a UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons is necessary to ensure that older people can realize their rights.
The International Longevity Center- Argentina, The Argentinean Gerontological Association (AGA), and the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse - INPEA Argentina, toast the landmark resolution on ageing passed by the United Nations General Assembly!
“SEVERAL OF US GATHERED AT A DINNER IN HONOR OF HELPAGE INTERNATIONAL CEO, RICHARD BLEWITT, TO CELEBRATE THE ACHIEVMENT OF LONGEVITY. THE UN RESOLUTION RECOGINIZES THE NEW DEMOGRAPHIC REALITIES WHERE AN EXPLODING SEGMENT OF THE WORLD POPULATION WILL IN THE NEXT DECADES BE OVER 60, AND THEREFORE REQUIRE A DIFFERENT SET OF APPROACHES TO HEALTH AND WELLNESS, WORK AND EDUCATION, AND FINANCIAL SECURITY FOR A LIFECOURSE THAT WILL LAST INTO OUR NINETIES AND BEYOND”
Fordham University Institute for Women and Girls Celebrates United Nations International Day of Human Rights and the Rights of Older Women.
Roselyn Nakirya (Project Coordinator) and Denys Correll (Executive Director) of the International Council on Social Welfare take a moment to show their support for the United Nations Resolution towards a Convention for the Rights of Older Persons.
International Council on Social Welfare Management
International Council on Social Welfare Management Committee support the UN General Assembly adopted resolution to establish a United Nations working group on the human rights of older persons.
With great pleasure we raise our glasses to celebrate the Landmark United Nations Resolution on Ageing. VERIBUS UNITIS!
St.Petersburg Institute of Bioregulation and Gerontology & The Gerontological Society of the Russian Academy of Sciences