An elderly woman at her window in Nepal.
An elderly woman at her window in Nepal, June 1981. UN Photo/John Isaac     

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


Facing the challenges of the 21st century

Twenty years after the First World Assembly in Vienna in 1982, the Second World Assembly on Ageing was organized to help states and societies develop policies that ensure older people can continue to make a substantial contribution to society to the best of their ability. In addition to reviewing the results of the first World Assembly, the Second World Assembly adopted a revised Plan of Action, which took into account the social, cultural, economic and demographic realities of the new 21st century.

This International Plan of Action contained an International Strategy for Action on Aging, which provided practical assistance to policy-makers in dealing with the demographic changes in their societies. The Strategy emphasized the need to give ageing a place in all action programs, national and international, as well as in all essential documents relating to human rights and social and economic development.