On December 14, 1990, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 45/106, decided to consider October 1 as International Day of Older Persons (, in order to attract public attention to the problems of the elderly.
At first, this date began to be celebrated in Europe, then in America, and in the late 1990s, all over the world. On October 1, various festivals take place in many countries, organized by associations for the protection of the rights of older people, conferences and congresses on their rights and their role in society. Public organizations and foundations organize various charity events on this day. On this day, many television and radio programs broadcast programs taking into account the tastes of older people.
It should also be noted that every year the events of the Day are devoted to a certain topic.
According to UN data, over the past decades, the composition of the world population has changed dramatically — from 1950 to 2010, life expectancy at the global level increased from 46 to 68 years and, as predicted, will reach 81 years by the end of this century. Currently, about one billion people over the age of 60 live in the world, and by 2050 the number of such people will reach two billion, which will amount to more than 20% of the world population. Moreover, according to the forecasts of specialists, by 2050 for the first time in the history of mankind, people over 60 in the world will be more numerous than children.
All this indicates that special attention must be paid to the special needs and problems of many older people. Equally important is the fact that most men and women of the elderly can continue to make the most important contribution to the functioning of society if they are guaranteed the appropriate conditions for this. At the heart of all efforts made in this direction are human rights.
A statement by the UN Secretary-General states that on the International Day of Older Persons, which is celebrated on October 1, the UN calls on governments, the private sector, civil society organizations and all people on the planet focus on creating a society for all ages, as provided for in the Madrid Plan of Action on Aging and in line with development goals, as articulated in the Millennium Declaration, as well as broader global development goals.
By common efforts, countries can and should ensure that people not only live longer, but also that their lives are better, more diverse, full and satisfying.
This day is traditionally celebrated in Russia, as well as in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Latvia, Moldova, Ukraine.
Japan celebrates the Day of Honor of Older Persons on the third Monday of September.
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