“By 2050, the number of older persons will be twice the number of children in developed countries, and the number of older persons in developing countries is expected to double. This trend will have profound effects on countries and individuals.”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Since 1991, every October 1st the world celebrates the International Day of Older Persons according to a resolution passed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1990. Twenty years later, ageing is an increasingly relevant subject; in fact, now it is considered one of the three challenges of the future global society.
A wide range of agents must take that issue under consideration as ageing brings about new threats to challenge but probably also new opportunities society must take advantage of. Practitioners, politicians, researchers, policy makers and the whole society are responsible for involving older people into debate in innovative ways to meet this reality.
The theme of the 2013 commemoration, “The future we want: what older persons are saying” has been chosen to draw attention to the efforts of older persons, civil society organizations, United Nations organizations and Member States to place the issue of ageing on the international development agenda.