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International Day of Older Persons

Ljubljana, 1 October 2018 – Today the world is marking the International Day of Older Persons, which is an opportunity to highlight their contribution to their immediate and wider environment. At the same time, it should be noted that older people are facing challenges based on prejudice, discrimination and, consequently, obstacles to the comprehensive implementation of their rights and inclusion in society. This year’s 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is focused on its basic message that all have the same dignity and rights.


This year, the day is devoted to “Celebrating older Human Rights Champions”. Human Rights Champions are people who, individually or together with others, strive for the protection, promotion and implementation of any human right (or rights).


On this occasion, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to express its gratitude for the dedicated work and contributions of all human rights champions, particularly elderly ones, to the promotion of human rights implementation around the world. We will continue to strive for their safe and unimpeded work, for respect for the dignity and human rights of the elderly and for the adequate placement of their protection in the international human rights framework.


On this occasion, the Ministry invites those who are interested to visit the exhibition “Ageing. A Society for All”, which was organised by the Ministry to initiate a reflection on how ageing affects the relationship of society towards the individual, and how well the rights we all take for granted are guaranteed to older persons. The exhibition will be on display until 3 October at the Cankarjev Dom Cultural and Congress Centre, which is also hosting the 18th Festival for the Third Life Period.