UNDESA DSPD Ageing

International Year of Older Persons 1999

Theme: Towards a Society for All Ages

Objective: Promotion of the United Nations Principles for Older Persons

The General Assembly (Resolution 47/5) decided to observe the year 1999 as the International Year of Older Persons (IYOP).  The Year was celebrated by all sectors of society, in all corners of the globe. View highlights of the year's many activities in the international community of Member States, United Nations system, Intergovernmental Organizations, NGO's, as well as the private sector.

The year was celebrated in recognition of humanity's demographic coming of age and the promise it holds for maturing attitudes and capabilities in social, economic, cultural and spiritual undertakings, not least for global peace and development in the next century.