The goal of the Committee is to further the UN’s mission of building a society for all ages. Today’s youth are tomorrow’s older persons. In 2014, there were 868 million people aged 60 and over – 12 per cent of the global population. This figure will reach 1.375 billion by 2030, increasing to about 16 per cent. Two thirds of older persons currently live in developing countries; this will increase to three quarters by 2030.
Ageing was first addressed by the UN in 1948. The first major speech on older persons was made in the General Assembly in 1969. A resolution was adopted in 1971 requesting the Secretary General to investigate ageing in the world and the Ageing Unit was established. Reports suggested that between 1970 and 2000, the developed world would see a 50% increase in the number of older citizens. For less developed countries, the increase was projected at 150%. These findings gave rise to the birth of the NGO Committee on Ageing in New York. The Committee calls for the integration of all persons of all ages in the post-2015 agenda.
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2015 International Day of Older Persons Celebration
25th Anniversary Celebration of the United Nations International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) at the United Nations. This year’s theme will be “Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment”
Thursday, 15 October 2015 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., follow by a luncheon
Registration for each will begin in September
The NGO Committee on Ageing/NY in cooperation with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs/Focal Point on Ageing and the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations.