The theme of the 2013 commemoration, "The future we want: what older persons are saying" has been chosen to draw attention to the efforts of older persons, civil society organizations, United Nations organizations and Member States to place the issue of ageing on the international development agenda.
This year's celebration provides a unique occasion to highlight the opportunities and challenges of longevity for development: global consultations are now taking place to shape the post‐2015 United Nations development agenda as the target date for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches.
"By 2050, the number of older persons will be twice the number of children in developed countries, and the number of older persons in developing countries is expected to double. This trend will have profound effects on countries and individuals." - Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
Contribute to the www.worldwewant2015.org online space, which is dedicated to global consultations on the post‐2015 United Nations development agenda, and voice your opinions to ensure that the concerns of older persons are adequately addressed in discussions on inequality, poverty eradication, health, food security, and population dynamics, among others.
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