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Thursday, 1 October 2015

International Day of Older Persons 2015, October 1st

 国际老年人日, 10月1日.
Международный день пожилых людей, 1 октября.
 International Day of Older Persons, 1 October.
 Día Internacional de las Personas de Edad, 1 de octubre.
 Journée internationale des personnes âgées, 1er octobre.
 .اليوم الدولي للمسنين، 1 أكتوبر





2015年主题:可持续性与城市对不同年龄人的包容.
Тема Дня 2015: Устойчивость и открытость городов для пожилых людей.
Theme 2015 : Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment.
 Tema de 2015: La sostenibilidad y la inclusión de las personas mayores en el entorno urbano.
 Thème 2015 : Durabilité et ouverture aux personnes de tous les âges dans l’environnement urbain.
 .موضوع عام 2015 — الاستدامة وشمول جميع الأعمار في البيئة الحضرية

 


On the 25th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons, we recognize that older persons are an enormous asset to society and make a significant contribution to global development.
On September 25 at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Heads of State and governments committed themselves to building a sustainable world where no one, regardless of their age or gender, is left behind. In implementing the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we must account for the demographic changes of the next 15 years. These will have a direct bearing on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Rapid population ageing and urbanization will increasingly shape our societies. The number of people aged 60 years and above living in cities is projected to grow to more than 900 million by 2050. This will comprise a quarter of the total urban population in developing countries.
The theme of this year’s International Day of Older Persons -- “Sustainability and age inclusiveness in the urban environment” -- highlights the need to make cities inclusive for people of all ages. The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) to be held in Quito in October 2016 offers an opportunity to advance this effort.
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.
On this International Day of Older Persons, I call on Governments to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable so that no one - of any age - is left behind.

Ban Ki-moon
 Statement by Kornfeld-Matte, Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons.

 Re-think our cities – UN expert calls for older persons’ accessibility to all urban settings 
 25th UN International Day of Older Persons - 

Thursday 1 October 2015  GENEVA (29 September 2015) – Speaking ahead of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons*, the United Nations Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, urges States to improve older persons’ accessibility to urban infrastructure, facilities and services. 

 “We need to re-think our cities. Over 900 million older persons will be living in cities across the world by 2050, but our cities are not fit for this global demographic revolution. 

 The existing barriers in public spaces and buildings, as well as the lack of safe, affordable, accessible and barrier-free housing and transportation obstruct older persons from fully enjoying their rights and from living in dignity and safety in their communities. 

 Urban spaces and design often exacerbate segregation and the exclusion of older persons. This becomes increasingly visible during recovery after disasters and emergency situations in the face of climate change. But in this regard, I am encouraged by the recent adoption of the new 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and hope that States will actually do what they agreed to. 

 Innovative housing, innovative transportation and innovative buildings programmes that make our cities accessible to all are urgently needed. Urban spaces have to be resilient and accessible to older persons, if we want to build inclusive, dynamic, resilient and sustainable cities and communities. 

For cities and environments to be age-friendly, the effective implementation of comprehensive and inter-sectorial policies and planning is required. Regulatory procedures, building codes and mortgage regulations need to take into account the concerns of older persons and reflect their diversity. 

 The Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), which will take place in 2016, will be an important occasion for States and other parties to renew their commitments to protect and promote the rights of older persons in urban related context. And I strongly urge all States to include an age perspective and a human rights-based approach into the New Urban Agenda as a matter of priority.  

Urban spaces have to be resilient and accessible to older persons, if we want to build inclusive, dynamic, resilient and sustainable cities and communities. For that, we need to re-think our cities now.”  

(*) On 14 December 1990, the UN General Assembly designated 1 October the International Day of Older Persons. Every year, a theme is selected and many events are organized at the UN headquarters in Geneva and New York to give visibility to the situation of older persons. This year’s theme is: “Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment”. 

 Ms. Rosa Kornfeld-Matte (Chile) was appointed by the Human Rights Council as the first Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons in May 2014. Ms. Kornfeld-Matte served as the National Director of the Chilean National Service of Ageing where she designed and implemented the National Policy of Ageing. She has a long career as an academic and is the founder of the programme for older persons at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Learn more, visit: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/OlderPersons/IE/Pages/IEOlderPersons.aspx 

 The Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special Procedures’ experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.


 FORUM : International Day of Older Persons, 1 October

2015 marks the 25th anniversary of International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) and this year the day will focus on the impact older people have on the new urban environment as well as the effect it in turn has on them.
This year’s celebration aims to show that ‘an age inclusive agenda is crucial for sustainable urban environments to promote equity, welfare and shared prosperity for all.’

For many, living in a city as an older person can mean that they are more likely to generate income, have education opportunities and receive access to accessible housing, public facilities and safe transportation.
With the phenomenon that is urbanization, there is now a significant number of people over 60 living in cities. That number is expected to reach 900 million by 2050.




EVENTS : 25th Anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons.
 The 2015 celebration of the 25th anniversary of International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) - UNDESA

  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.

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