International year and world assembly on ageing.

  • Author: UN General Assembly (32nd sess. : 1977)
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    16 December 1977

132. International year and world assembly on aging

The General Assembly, Recalling the Declaration on Social Progress and Development[1] and the emphasis therein on the dignity and worth of the human being and the rights of the aged, Reaffirming its resolution 3137 (XXVIII) of 14 December 1973, entitled "Question of the elderly and the aged", and the recommendation therein to Governments on the need for well-designed policies and programmes relating to older people, Noting Economic and Social Council resolution 2077 (LXII) of 13 May 1977, by which the Council approved the progress report of the Secretary-General on the question of the elderly and the aged,[2] Recognizing that the concerns of aged persons in national populations must be addressed when considering economic and social development, Convinced of the need for interchange and international review of policy alternatives affecting the elderly,

1. Invites all States to make known their views to the Secretary-General by 1 July 1978 concerning the uselfulness of proclaiming an international year on aging for the purpose of calling world-wide attention to the serious problems besetting a growing portion of the populations of the world;

2. Further invites all States to communicate their views to the Secretary-General by 1 July 1978 regarding the desirability of convening a world assembly on aging in order to permit national leaders and government specialists to exchange experiences, explore solutions and devise programmes for amelioration of the problems unique to the elderly;

3. Requests the Secretary-General to prepare a report on the reactions of Member States to the proclamation of an international year on aging as well as to the convening of a world assembly on aging, including appropriate proposals on ways in which either or both of these undertakings might be carried out;

4. Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its thirty-third session an item entitled "Problems of the elderly and the aged" under which the Secretary-General's report and pertinent observations by Member States would be considered.

105th plenary meeting
16 December 1977

[1] Resolution 2542 (XXIV). [2] E/CN.5/531.

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