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International & National Principles, Rights and Responsibilities of Older Persons

The U.N. General Assembly declared 1999 as the International Year of Older Persons. A key focus of the year was the implementation of the UN Principles for Older Persons adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1991. As with many UN documents, the UN Principles have many antecedents. The most immediate, the Declaration of Rights and Responsiblities was developed by the International Federation on Ageing, a non-profit organization. However, this Declaration, too, built on the numerous declarations designed for both community-dwelling older persons and those living in institutional care that had been developed by different groups around the world.

This section, compiled by the American Association of Retired Persons, includes the UN Principles, and some of the noteworthy declarations that have been adopted elsewhere. These are provided to you for both information purposes and do not necessary reflect the views of the U.S. Government. The are reproduced in the language of the country of origin and are public documents. If you know of any other important declarations of the rights of older persons, please send this information to: cnusberg@aarp.org

International Statements

Regional Statements

National Statements

Rights of Residents in Institutional Care




Last Modified: 12/31/1600