The General Assembly (Resolution 47/5 of 16 October 1992) decided to observe the year 1999 as the International Year of Older Persons (IYOP). The Year was celebrated by all sectors of society, in all corners of the globe.
The underlying framework for the
International Year of Older Persons was the International Plan of Action on
Aging, the first major international instrument on aging which was endorsed
by the General Assembly in 1982 (following the World Assembly on Aging of that
year). The subsequent UN Principles for Older Persons, adopted by the UN
General Assembly on
The theme of the International Year Towards a Society for All Ages elicits the full engagement of all segments of society. It called for "solidarity", "respect" and "exchanges" between generations. It called for opportunities to share between the young and the not so young such that each may learn from the other. If the objectives of the Year are to be realized it requires the involvement of the whole population in order to create a strong partnership between all ages.
A wide range of activities occurred during the international year: from serious academic and policy development conferences to artistic festivals to small community and neighbourhood gatherings. Many were local in nature and open to anyone.
The official IYOP website from the United Nations.
All the International Years proclaimed by the General Assembly.