United Nations

A/RES/37/51


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

3 December 1982

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                                                    A/RES/37/51
                                                    3 December 1982
 
          Question of aging
 
          The General Assembly,
 
          Recalling its resolution 33/52 of 14 December 1978, in which it
     decided to convene a World Assembly on Aging to call world-wide attention
     to the serious problems besetting a growing portion of the population of
     the world and to provide a forum to launch an international programme of
     action aimed at guaranteeing economic and social security to older
     persons, as well as opportunities for them to contribute to national
     development,
 
          Recognizing that increasing longevity is a biological achievement
     and a sign of progress, and that the aged are an asset and not a
     liability to society because of the invaluable contribution they can give
     by virtue of their accumulated wealth of knowledge and experience,
 
          Bearing in mind that countries gathered in the World Assembly on
     Aging reaffirmed their belief that the fundamental and invaluable rights
     enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights apply fully
     and undiminishedly to the aging, and recognize that the quality of life
     is no less important than longevity, and that the aging should therefore,
     as far as possible, be enabled to enjoy in their own families and
     communities a life of fulfilment, health, security and contentment,
     appreciated as an integral part of society,
 
          Convinced that the Vienna International Plan of Action on Aging
     adopted by the World Assembly on Aging, must lead to developing and
     applying, at the international, regional and national levels, policies
     designed to enhance the lives of the aging as individuals and to
     mitigate, by appropriate measures, any negative effects resulting from
     the impact of the aging of populations on development,
 
          Recognizing that the Plan of Action should be considered an integral
     component of the major international, regional and national strategies
     and programmes formulated in response to important world problems and
     needs,
 
          Recalling its resolutions 35/129 of 11 December 1980, in which it
     established a trust fund for preparatory and follow-up activities of the
     World Assembly on Aging, and 36/20 of 9 November 1981, in which it
     requested the Secretary-General to use the Trust Fund to encourage
     further interest in the field of aging among developing countries,
     particularly the least developed among them, within the context of the
     conclusions and recommendations of the World Assembly on Aging,
 
          Acknowledging the role played by the United Nations and the
     specialized agencies through their efforts in the field of aging and the
     need to strengthen this role in order to make the implementation of the
     recommendations of the Plan of Action effective,
 
          Emphasizing the importance of the Vienna International Plan of
     Action on Aging and stressing the spirit of co-operation that prevailed
     during the World Assembly on Aging,
 
          Expressing appreciation to the Government of Austria for hosting the
     World Assembly on Aging,
 
          Having considered the report of the World Assembly on Aging, held at
     Vienna from 26 July to 6 August 1982,
 
         1.    Takes note of the report of the World Assembly on Aging;
 
         2.    Endorses the Vienna International Plan of Action on Aging
     contained in the report and adopted by consensus at the World Assembly on
     Aging;
 
         3.    Affirms that aging should be considered in the context of
     economic, social and cultural development, as well as in the context of
     international strategies and plans;
 
         4.    Calls upon Governments to make continuous efforts to implement
     the principles and recommendations contained in the Plan of Action as
     adopted by the World Assembly on Aging in accordance with their national
     structures, needs and objectives;
 
         5.    Requests the Secretary-General to take the necessary steps to
     ensure that sufficient resources within reasonable limits are made
     available for the effective implementation of, and follow-up action to,
     the Plan of Action as well as to maintain the momentum generated by the
     World Assembly on Aging; in doing so, the Secretary-General should make
     every effort to reallocate existing global resources;
 
         6.    Also requests the Secretary-General to take such steps as may
     be appropriate for the necessary strengthening of activities in the field
     of aging at the central and regional levels of the United Nations as set
     forth in the Plan of Action;
 
         7.    Further requests the Secretary-General to strengthen the
     international network of existing information, research and training
     centres in the field of aging in order to encourage and facilitate the
     exchange of knowledge, skills and experiences, as well as technical
     co-operation among countries within various regions;
 
         8.    Urges the Secretary-General to implement the recommendations
     concerning international co-operation with respect to aging, as well as
     the assessment, review and appraisal of the implementation of the Plan of
     Action, using the Centre for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs
     of the Secretariat as the focal point;
 
         9.    Requests the Secretary-General to continue to use the Trust
     Fund to meet the rapidly increasing needs of the aging in the developing
     countries, in particular in the least developed ones;
 
        10.    Also requests the Secretary-General to use the Trust Fund to
     encourage greater interest among developing countries in matters related
     to aging and to assist Member States, at their request, in formulating
     and implementing policies and programmes for the elderly; further
     requests the Secretary-General to use the Trust Fund for technical
     co-operation and research related to the aging of populations and for
     promoting co-operation among developing countries in the exchange of
     relevant information and technology;
 
        11.    Appeals to Member States to make voluntary contributions to the
     Trust Fund;
 
        12.    Urges the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, in
     co-operation with all organizations responsible for international
     population assistance, to strengthen its assistance, within its mandate,
     in the field of aging, particularly in developing countries;
 
        13.    Requests the Economic and Social Council, through the
     Commission for Social Development, to review the implementation of the
     Plan of Action every four years, beginning in 1985, and to transmit its
     findings to the General Assembly;
 
        14.    Invites the specialized agencies concerned to co-operate with
     the Secretary-General in the implementation of the Plan of Action within
     their fields of competence;
 
        15.    Invites also the intergovernmental organizations and
     non-governmental organizations concerned to continue to give attention to
     major issues related to aging and to co-ordinate their work with the
     United Nations, particularly in view of the need for well co-ordinated
     activities for the implementation of the Plan of Action;
 
        16.    Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General
     Assembly at its thirty-eighth session on the progress achieved in
     implementing and following up the Plan of Action and to include in his
     report an account of project activities financed by the Trust Fund;
 
        17.    Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its
     thirty-eighth session a single item entitled "Question of aging" to
     replace the items "Question of the elderly and the aged" and "World
     Assembly on Aging".