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International Day of Older Persons: Reaffirm commitment to full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms, urges UN
International Day of Older Persons was observed across the world by the UN System, rights activists, social groups, social welfare units and volunteer bodies to 'reaffirms the commitment to promoting the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by older persons' as enshrined in its proclamation by the UN.

According to the UN, the theme of the observation this year "Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions" aims to "Promote the rights enshrined in the Declaration and what it means in the daily lives of older persons; Raise the visibility of older people as participating members of society committed to improving the enjoyment of human rights in many areas of life and not just those that affect them immediately; Reflect on progress and challenges in ensuring full and equal enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms by older persons; and Engage broad audiences across the world and mobilize people for human rights at all stages of life".

"Living up to the Secretary-General's guiding principle of "Leaving No-One Behind" necessitates the understanding that demography matters for sustainable development and that population dynamics will shape the key developmental challenges that the world in confronting in the 21st century. If our ambition is to "Build the Future We Want", we must address the population over 60 which is expected to reach 1.4 billion by 2030," urged the UN website.

The UN called on the world community that at all levels of government, from local to national, have taken a share in this responsibility, and have either created new institutions or renewed existing ones to seek ways of gradually responding to the challenges faced by older persons.

The UN has stressed that since older women were extremely vulnerable, therefore 'feminization of human rights challenges' required 'unprecedented shift in the social fabric of all societies, with far-reaching consequences'. There is a need for providing them the 'protection for essential human rights, including the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, freedom from torture, inhuman or degrading treatment and equality before the law as well as for an adequate standard of living without discrimination on any grounds'.

 

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