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United Nations Population Fund (October 2012): Ageing in the Twenty-First Centery: A Celebration and a Challenge
UNITED NATIONS: THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
This is a special year for ageing. The international community is observing the tenth anniversary of the Second World Assembly on Ageing, which was held in Madrid to respond to the opportunities and challenges of ageing in the twenty-first century. At that time, Member States committed themselves to pursuing policies that would enable people everywhere to age with security and dignity. A comprehensive International Plan of Action on Ageing was adopted which defined objectives and actions to be taken by Governments, the international community, and civil society to help create a "society for all ages".
This report, a collaborative effort of the United Nations and other major international organizations working in the area of population ageing, sheds light on progress towards implementing this Plan. It utilizes both a quantitative approach bringing the voices of older persons themselves into the heart of the discussion.
Popluation ageing can no longer be ignored. Globally, the proportion of older persons is growing at a faster rate than the general population. This reflects tremendous and welcome advances in health and overall quality of life in societies across the world.