Congratulations to  Mary Fox, 1st LWVUS Alternate UN Observer on her appointment as Chair of the UN's  2012 International Day of Older Persons.  This year's program celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Madrid International Plan of Action adopted by the Second World Assembly to respond to the opportunities and challenges of the ageing population in the 21st century.

BACKGROUND

On December 14, 1990, the UN General Assembly made October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons, following up on 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 assembly. The International Day of Older Persons was observed for the first time throughout the world on October 1, 1991.

In 1991 the UN General Assembly 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 2012 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF OLDER PERSON

In 2012 the celebration will be Monday, October 1st and the program will present important new information on the current status of the elderly today around the globe.  To learn more about this and ageing issues go to www.un.org/ageing.