On International Day, Ban urges governments to enhance support for older persons

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged governments to institute measures to provide greater support to a growing number of older people, saying they played an important role in society as leaders, caregivers and volunteers, yet they faced discrimination, neglect and abuse.

UN launches new scheme to make cities friendlier to elderly people

Elderly people have an ally in the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), which today launched a new scheme to ensure that they can remain active and healthy in the world’s cities.

Universal pensions can protect older persons from poverty, says UN expert

It is essential for States to set up social protection measures, such as universal pensions, to protect older persons against poverty, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today.