The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization established 24 October 1945, to promote international co-operation.


The headquarters of the United Nations is situated in Manhattan, New York City, and enjoys extraterritoriality. Further main offices are situated in Geneva, Nairobi and Vienna.

United Nations and older persons


The UN Programme on Ageing is part of the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD), United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA).


In December 2010, the General Assembly adopted resolution 65/182 establishing the Open-ended working group on ageing for the purpose of strengthening the protection of the human rights of older persons. The first substantive session took place in New York, 18-21 April 2011. All session are being held in New York and the fifth session took place from 30 July to 1 August 2014.


In May 2014, the UN Human Rights Council appointed Ms. Rosa Kornfeld-Matte as the first Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons (HROP).

1st of October - International Day of Older People


On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated the 1st October as the International Day of Older Persons.


"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