The UN highlights the importance of including the elderly in the urban environment

1 October 2015

The UN Secretary-General today called on governments to make cities and other human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable so that no one is left behind, whatever their age.

In a message on the occasion of the International Day of the Elderly, Ban Ki-moon stressed that these people represent enormous wealth for society and make a significant contribution to world development.

Ban recalled the recent adoption by the UN member states of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and stressed that the demographic changes that will occur in the coming years and that will influence the achievement of the Goals of Sustainable development.

The number of people over the age of 60 in cities is projected to exceed 900 million people by 2050, representing a quarter of the urban population in developing countries. Today, almost 700 million people are over that age.

On this Day of the Elderly, the need for cities to be inclusive for these people and to promote opportunities for their economic and social participation in accessible and safe environments is highlighted.

It is also called to provide affordable housing and the health and social services necessary for people to grow old at home.

1 October 2015

The UN Secretary-General today called on governments to make cities and other human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable so that no one is left behind, whatever their age.

In a message on the occasion of the International Day of the Elderly, Ban Ki-moon stressed that these people represent enormous wealth for society and make a significant contribution to world development.

Ban recalled the recent adoption by the UN member states of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and stressed that the demographic changes that will occur in the coming years and that will influence the achievement of the Goals of Sustainable development.

The number of people over the age of 60 in cities is projected to exceed 900 million people by 2050, representing a quarter of the urban population in developing countries. Today, almost 700 million people are over that age.

On this Day of the Elderly, the need for cities to be inclusive for these people and to promote opportunities for their economic and social participation in accessible and safe environments is highlighted.

It is also called to provide affordable housing and the health and social services necessary for people to grow old at home.