Celebration of first UN World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

After being officially recognized by the UN General Assembly in December 2011, the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was commemorated on 15 June

“I call upon Governments and all concerned actors to design and carry out more effective prevention strategies and stronger laws and policies to address all aspects of elder abuse. Let us work together to optimize living conditions for older persons and enable them to make the greatest possible contribution to our world,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated.

The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) happens each year on 15 June. It was officially recognized by the General Assembly in December 2011, following a request by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA), who first established the commemoration in June 2006.

It represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations. Elder Abuse is a global social issue which affects the Health and Human Rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community.

Individuals, communities, municipalities and organizations come together and hold events to raise awareness of elder abuse. As in previous years, many activities were held, hoping to bring greater recognition of the mistreatment of older adults wherever they live throughout the world and to highlight the need for appropriate action.

The Government of Argentina, UNDESA-DSPD Focal Point on Ageing and the NGO Committee on Ageing/NY organized a meeting on 14 June at the United Nations in New York to celebrate the event.

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