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HUMAN RIGHTS OF OLDER PERSONS Summary of the Report of the Secretary-General to the General Assembly 1 The world’s population is ageing. Almost 700 million people are now over 60. In 2050, for the first time in human history, there will be more persons over 60 than children in the world - more than one in five of the world’s population will be aged 60 or older. Women already outnumber men among those aged 60 or older, and are twice as numerous among those aged 80 or over. A 2011 report to the UN Secretary-General examines the human rights challenges and trends presented by population ageing faster than at any other time in history. Whilst the report stresses that persons over 60 face diverse challenges depending on their context, nonetheless, there are a number of clearly identifiable challenges which require strategies at the national and global levels. All of these questions should be viewed through a human rights prism, in developed and developing countries alike. CHALLENGES Discrimination : Ageism is too often tolerated in societies across the world. Discrimination on the basis of age is often combined with other forms of discrimination, on the grounds of gender, race and ethnicity, religion, disability, health or socio-economic conditions, among others negatively affecting the enjoyment of the full range of human rights of older persons. Poverty : The single most pressing challenge to the welfare of older persons is poverty, characterized by homelessness, malnutrition, unattended chronic diseases, lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation, unaffordable medicines and treatments and income insecurity. Despite their own poverty, older persons are often the main providers for the household and the primary caregivers for grandchildren and other family members.
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