Ageing and life course

International Day of Older Persons - 1st October 2007

WHO is releasing the Global Age-friendly Cites Guide

Media Corner

WHO is launching the WHO Global Age-friendly Cities Guide on the occasion of the International Day of Older Persons - 1 October 2007.

London event - Press conference - 1st October 2007

WHEN: 10:00-10:45

WHERE: Canada House, Trafalgar Square SW1Y 5BJ

PARTICIPANTS:

  • Alexandre Kalache, Director, Ageing and Life Course Programme (ALC), WHO
  • The Hon. Mike O'Brien, Minister of State (Department of Work and Pensions)
  • Tony Clement, Minister of Health, Canada
  • James Wright, High Commissioner, Canada
  • Michael Lake, CBE, Director General of Help the Aged

For more information, journalists may contact:

Geneva event

Ms Carla Salas-Rojas
Communications Officer,
Ageing and Life Course
(ALC) WHO
Tel: +41 (0) 22 791 4944
Mobile: +41 (0) 76 368 7114
salasrojasc@who.int

New York event

New York Academy of Medicine
Ruth Finkelstein
rfinkelstein@nyam.org Rosemary Alcantara
ralcantara@nyam.org

Rio de Janeiro event

Laura Machado
lmachado@attglobal.net Elizabeth Camarão
stylo@imagelink.com.br

Buenos Aires event

Silvia Gascón
sgascon@speedy.com.ar

Geneva event - Press conference - 1st October 2007

WHEN: 11:00-12:00

WHERE: Palais Eynard, Rue de la Croix-Rouge 4

PARTICIPANTS:

  • Daisy Mafubelu, Assistant Director General, Family and Community Health (FCH), WHO
  • Manuel Tornare, Administrative Councillor of the City of Geneva
  • Jo Ivey Boufford, President of the New York Academy of Medicine

New York event - 4th October 2007

WHEN: 5pm-8pm

WHERE: UN Building, 1st Avenue between 42nd Street and 48th Street

Rio de Janeiro event - 9th October 2007

WHEN: 5pm-8pm

WHERE: Forte de Copacabana, Avenida Atlântica (Posto 6) besides Praça Eugênio Franco

Buenos Aires event - 12th October 2007

WHEN: 2pm-5pm

WHERE: Ministry of Health, Av. 9 de Julio 1925 (C1073ABA) Buenos Aires

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"Today around 75% of all older people living in the developed world are urban dwellers - expected to increase to 80% in 2015. More spectacularly, in developing countries the number of older people in cities will increase from 56 million in 2000 to over 908 million in 2050."

Dr Alexandre Kalache, Director of the WHO Ageing and Life Course Programme