United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

  30 January 1996


Fiftieth session
Agenda item 105


               [on the report of the Third Committee (A/50/628)]

            50/141.     International Year of Older Persons:
                        towards a society for all ages

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolution 47/5 of 16 October 1992, the annex to
which contains the Proclamation on Ageing, by which the Assembly
decided to observe the year 1999 as the International Year of Older

      Recalling also Economic and Social Council resolution 1993/22 of
27 July 1993, in which the Council invited Member States to strengthen
their national mechanisms on ageing, inter alia, to enable them to
serve as national focal points for the preparations for and observance
of the Year,

      Recalling further its resolution 45/106 of 14 December 1990, in
which it recognized the complexity and rapidity of the ageing of the
world's population and the need to have a common basis and frame of
reference for the protection and promotion of the rights of older
persons, including the contribution that older persons could and
should make to society,

      Bearing in mind its resolution 49/162 of 23 December 1994 on the
integration of older women in development,

      1.    Takes note of the conceptual framework of a programme for
the preparation and observance of the International Year of Older
Persons in 1999, as contained in the report of the Secretary-
General; 1/

      2.    Invites Member States to adapt the conceptual framework to
national conditions and to consider formulating national programmes
for the Year;

      3.    Invites the United Nations organizations and bodies
concerned to examine the conceptual framework and identify areas for
expanding upon it in keeping with their mandates;

      4.    Requests the Secretary-General to monitor activities for the
Year and to make appropriate coordinating arrangements, bearing in
mind that the Department for Policy Coordination and Sustainable
Development of the Secretariat has been designated the United Nations
focal point on ageing;

      5.    Encourages the Secretary-General to allocate sufficient
resources for promoting and coordinating activities for the Year,
bearing in mind its resolution 47/5, in which it was decided that
observance of the Year would be supported by the regular programme
budget for the biennium 1998-1999;

      6.    Invites Member States, United Nations organizations and
bodies and non-governmental organizations to assist the global
coordinating entity for the Year;

      7.    Invites the regional commissions, within the existing
mandates, to bear in mind the goals of the Year when convening
regional meetings in 1998 and 1999 at which to mark the Year and
formulate action plans on ageing for the twenty-first century;

      8.    Encourages relevant United Nations funds and programmes and
the specialized agencies to support local, national and international
programmes and projects for the Year;

      9.    Encourages the United Nations Development Programme to
continue to ensure that the concerns of older persons are integrated
into its development programmes;

      10.   Invites the International Research and Training Institute
for the Advancement of Women, the United Nations Research Institute
for Social Development and other relevant research institutes to
consider preparing studies on the four facets of the conceptual
framework, namely, the situation of older persons, lifelong individual
development, multigenerational relationships and the relationship
between the ageing of populations and development, and requests the
International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of
Women to continue its research on the situation of older women,
including those in the informal sector;

      11.   Encourages the Department of Public Information of the
Secretariat to launch, within existing resources, an information
campaign for the Year;

      12.   Invites the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural
Rights to continue its work on ageing and the situation of older
persons, as described in its reports; 2/

      13.   Invites non-governmental organizations to develop programmes
and projects for the Year, particularly at the local level, in
cooperation, inter alia, with local authorities, community leaders,
enterprises, the media and schools;

      14.   Decides that henceforth the term "older persons" should be
substituted for the term "the elderly", in conformity with the United
Nations Principles for Older Persons, 3/ with the result that the Year
and the Day concerned shall be called the International Year of Older
Persons and the International Day of Older Persons;

      15.   Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General
Assembly at its fifty-second session on the preparations being made by
Member States, United Nations organizations and bodies and
non-governmental organizations for the observance of the Year.

                                                          97th plenary meeting
                                                              21 December 1995


1/  A/50/114.

2/  Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, 1994,
Supplement No. 3 (E/1994/23); ibid., 1995, Supplement No. 2 and
corrigendum (E/1995/22 and Corr.1).

3/  Resolution 46/91, annex.

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