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Second World Assembly on Ageing (8-12 April 2002 - Madrid, Spain)

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The world is in the midst of a unique and irreversible process of demographic transition that will result in older populations everywhere. As fertility rates decline, the proportion of persons aged 60 and over is expected to double between 2007 and 2050, and their actual number will more than triple, reaching 2 billion by 2050. In most countries, the number of those over 80 is likely to quadruple to nearly 400 million.

To begin addressing these issues, the UN General Assembly convened the first World Assembly on Ageing in 1982. As a result, the Vienna International Plan of Action, calling for humanitarian and developmental approaches to ageing was developed.

A Second World Assembly on Ageing was held twenty years later, in 2002, in order to assess the progress made by Member States during the intervening 20 years, in implementing the Vienna International Plan.

The Madrid International Plan of Action adopted at the Second World Assembly on Ageing in 2002 offered a bold new agenda for handling the issue of ageing in the 21st-century. It focused on three priority areas: older persons and development; advancing health and well-being into old age; and ensuring enabling and supportive environments.


Report of the Second World Assembly on Ageing
(23 May 2002)

Political Declaration and Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (2002)

Follow-up to the International Year of Older Persons: Second World Assembly on Ageing (July 2013)

United Nations Global Issues - Ageing

International Day of Older Persons (1 October)