International Day of the Older Persons 2022 Theme, Poster, Activities, Quotes, Images:
International Day of Older Persons is observed on October 1. This day came into effect after the voting was carried out in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 14th of December in 1990. This day is observed to raise awareness on issues related to elderly people across the globe. It is also a day to applaud the contributions of elderly people to society. The 1st International Day of Older Persons was observed on 1st of October in 1991.
International Day of Older Persons is celebrated on 1st October every year to pay attention to the particular needs and challenges faced by many older people. If adequate guarantees are in place, the majority of older men and women can continue to provide their contribution for the functioning of society. Human rights lie at the core of all efforts in this regard. The interdependence between older persons’ social integration and the full enjoyment of their human rights cannot be ignored, as the degree to which older persons are socially integrated will directly affect their dignity and quality of life.
On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated 1 October the International Day of Older Persons. Living up to the principle of “Leaving No-One Behind” the population over 60 which is expected to reach 1.4 billion by 2030 should be addressed.
On the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the United Nations International Day for Older Persons (UNIDOP) celebrates the importance of this Declaration, and reaffirms the commitment to promoting the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by older persons. Growing older does not diminish a person’s inherent dignity and fundamental rights.
The theme of the 2022 UNIDOP is ” Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions”. What better way to celebrate this day than by celebrating the older people around the world who dedicate their lives to championing human rights?
The theme 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.
The world’s population is rapidly aging. The number of people aged 60 years or older will rise from 962 million to 2 billion between 2017 and 2050. By 2030, this number will exceed that of young people aged 15 to 24. The increase in the number of older people will be the greatest and the most rapid in the developing world, with Asia as the region with the largest number of older persons. This demographic transition will impact on almost all aspects of society.
According to Population Census 2011, there are nearly 104 million elderly persons (age 60 years or more) in India. Percentage share of elderly persons in the population of India is ever increasing from 5.6 per cent in 1961 to 8.6 per cent in 2011.
As universal health coverage is the foundation for achieving the health objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals, it is essential to consider and fulfill the health and social care needs of the ever- increasing numbers of older people.