Celebrating older persons

The 21st commemoration of the International Day of Older Persons will be held at UN Headquarters on 6 October from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

The half-day event is being organized by the NGO Committee on Aging, in cooperation with DESA, Department of Public Information, UNFPA and UN University. The event is also sponsored by the Governments of Argentina and Qatar. The theme of the Day is Launch of Madrid Plus 10: The growing opportunities and challenges of global ageing.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Adriana Fassio, Ministry of Social Affairs, National Direction for Policies for Older Persons, Argentina. Other speakers confirmed so far include representatives of older persons’ organizations in Jamaica and the Philippines.

UNFPA will use this event to talk about their publication “State of the World’s Older Persons” which will be launched in 2012 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Madrid Plan of Action.

The NGO Briefing of the Department of Public Information will take place on the same day in the morning and cover the issue of the human rights of older persons.

For more information: http://social.un.org/index/Ageing/InternationalDayofOlderPersons.aspx

From poverty to sustainability

The 2011 Commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP) will be held on 17 October at UN Headquarters in New York, focusing on “From Poverty to Sustainability: People at the Centre of Inclusive Development

With global attention focused on the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), it is critical to draw attention to the importance of poverty eradication for building sustainable futures for all. People living in poverty face increasingly difficult challenges as climate change, environmental degradation and rising food prices threaten their livelihoods and survival. The path to sustainable development must ensure that people living in poverty are included in decision-making processes, and that concrete action is taken to respond to their needs and demands.

The 2011 IDEP presents an opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of people living in poverty and to have their voices heard. It is an occasion to recognize that poor people are at the forefront of the fight against poverty and are critical partners for achieving sustainable development. The objective is to illustrate the important and tangible ways in which people living in poverty can simultaneously protect the sustainability of their environment and break the cycle of poverty, and how these efforts can be supported and scaled up.

In addition to the event in New York, celebrations of the Day are being organized worldwide. Through a resolution adopted in 1992, the General Assembly invited all States to devote the Day to presenting and promoting concrete activities with regard to the eradication of poverty and destitution.

For more information: http://social.un.org/index/Poverty/InternationalDayfortheEradicationofPoverty/2011.aspx