International Day of Older Persons


Poster for the International Day for Older Persons 2006The General Assembly designated 1 October the International Day of Older Persons by resolution 45/106 of 14 December 1990, following up on initiatives such as the Vienna International Plan of Action on Ageing, adopted by the 1982 World Assembly on Ageing and endorsed later that year by the General Assembly.


In 1991, the General Assembly adopted the United Nations Principles for Older Persons (resolution 46/91). In 2002, the 2nd 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.


1998   Towards a society for all ages

1999   Towards a society for all ages

2000   Towards a society for all ages: continuing the mission of the International Year of Older Persons

2001   Fulfilling the goals of the Second World Assembly on Ageing

2002   Meeting the challenges of ageing

2003   Older people: new power for development

2004   Older persons in an intergenerational society

2005   Ageing in the New Millennium: Focus on poverty, older women and development

2006   Improving the quality of life for older persons: advancing UN Global Strategies

2007   Addressing the challenges and opportunities of ageing

2008   Rights of older persons





More information on the day from the United Nations.



Stamp catalogue - 1997


Tunisia                        1 October 1997









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