Ageing and life-course

International Day of Older Persons

1 October 2009

The UN theme of the International Day for 2009 is "Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Older Persons: Towards a Society for All Ages".

On Friday 2 October 2009 from 14h30-18h, an event will take place in UNI Dufour (rue Général Dufour 24) Geneva, Switzerland to celebrate this international day.

The theme is:

Social Insecurity

Between Poverty, Abuse and Discrimination - Situation and Response

14h30: Opening and Governance Perspective

"Role of the Geneva City to Ensure the Security of the Seniors" - Ms Véronique Purro, Head Social Affairs, City of Geneva

15h15: From International to Local Situations and Responses

"Financial Crisis and Economic Insecurity in the Elderly around the World" - Dr John Beard, Director, Department of Ageing and Life Course (ALC), WHO, Geneva

"Data on Financial and Social Insecurity in Switzerland and Europe" - Prof. Philippe Wanner, Demographic Lab, University of Geneva, Geneva

"Seniors amidst Crimes, Infractions and Insecurity in Geneva: Reports and Responses" - Ms Monica Bonfanti, Chief of the Police, Department of Geneva, Geneva

16h15: Public Debate


17h: Interactive Theater: "Demain sera-t-il Pluvieux?" (Will Tomorrow be 'Greyish'?)

With the Theater Group: "Le Camaléon" and presented by Mr Albert Dubois, President of Alter Ego, Association for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.

This event is sponsored and organized by the "Plateforme des Associations d'Ainés de Genève" and WHO.