Report of the 2014 Social Forum (Geneva, 1–3 April 2014)
NGLS interviews Dr. Astrid Stuckelberger, Chair of the UN NGO Committee on Ageing Geneva and President of the Geneva International Network on Ageing
NGLS interviews Dr. Astrid Stuckelberger, Chair of the UN NGO Committee on
Ageing Geneva and President of the Geneva International Network on Ageing
On the occasion of the eighteenth session of the Human Rights Council and the 20th annual celebration of the UN International Day of Older Persons (1 October), a High- level Panel on Older Women and the Right to Health was held on 26 September in Geneva. The Panel was co-sponsored by the UN NGO Committee on the Status of Women Geneva and a number of other civil society organizations including the Geneva International Network on Ageing; the Women’s UN Report Network (WUNRN); Help Age International; and the International Disability Alliance.
A Paradigm for Global Family in a Culture of Peace – Intervention of Dr Astrid Stuckelberger
The Global Family has changed!
Have we realized …..
- that people in the world are living longer and better lives than ever before in the History ofmankind
- that families have now extended up to 4 to 5 generations living at the same time, sharingmemories and daily events, ….of which 2 to 3 generations are retired, often very active retirees
- that families live together despite distance thanks to technology such as mobile phone, internet,webcam grand‐parenting, etc
- that families are complex today but are giving rise to a new concept of the family, whetheralone, divorced and remarried, whether orphan from HIV‐AIDS and adopted by a substitute grand‐parent, we are witnessing a global and intergenerational solidarity. This is new. Even at the
5th World Meeting of Families of the Catholic church in Valencia, Spain where I was invited, thanks to some lobby work of some of us, for the first time, older grand-parents were mentioned and invited to speak on stage! How long do we have to wait until the concept of the family will encompass all generations, all situations and give this genuine global family feeling we are all interlinked, interrelated and interdependent on a small part of the universe where people have the choice to love each other beyond race, nationalities, geography and more..
Abuse and neglect of older persons is a major missing item in today’s world agenda.
At all levels, locally, regionally and internationally, elder abuse is under-recognized and underestimated – and therefore not addressed or prevented. Elder abuse – including neglect and abandonment – is an extreme form of discrimination against older persons called “ageism”.
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