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28 Sep 2018

Monday October 1 is The International Day of Older Persons

 

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) turns 70 this year and  The International Day for Older Persons will celebrate the importance of this Declaration, reaffirming the commitment to promoting the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by older persons.

 

A special day for older people and senior citizens around the world, the day's theme this year is “Celebrating Older Human Rights champions”.

 

Older human rights champions today were born around the time of the adoption of the UDHR in 1948. They are as diverse as the society in which they live: from older people advocating for human rights at the grass root and community level to high profile figures on the international stage.

 

Each and every one demands equal respect and acknowledgement for their dedication and commitment to contributing to a world free from fear and free from want.

 

To these ends, the day this year sets out specifically to:

 

  • promote the rights enshrined in the Declaration and what it means in the daily lives of older persons 

 

  • raise the visibility of older people as participating members of society committed to improving the enjoyment of human rights in many areas of life and not just those that affect them immediately

 

  • reflect on progress and challenges in ensuring full and equal enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms by older persons

 

  • engage broad audiences across the world and mobilise people for human rights at all stages of life.

 

To find out more about more, click here

 

Silver Sunday

 

Silver Sunday is UK's national celebraton of Older People's Day this year will take place on Sunday 7 October.  Led by The Sir Simon Milton Foundation, it celebrates the value and knowledge they contribute to our communities while combating loneliness and isolation. Everyone can get involved, whether that’s organising an event, spreading the word, or simply attending an activity.  

 

To find out more about Silver Sunday 2018, click here