The Time for Human Rights is Now – AGE contributes to UN ‘Human Rights 75’

To mark the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations has gathered commitments from all actors throughout the year. We submitted our three pledges to strengthen the rights of older people.

For 75 years, the core ambition of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been to infuse societies with equality, fundamental freedoms and justice. It enshrines the rights of all human beings and is a global blueprint for international, national, and local laws and policies. On Human Rights Day, 10 December 2023, we celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Declaration. On that occasion, the United Nations  launched a series of yearlong initiatives.

Among those initiatives, the UN has launched a campaign to encourage meaningful actions by Member States, civil society and other actors to show commitment towards improving everyone’s human rights. Stakeholders are asked to take pledges as a way to reiterate the global commitments for human rights, but also to reflect and respond to imminent and future needs, challenges, and aspirations.

Pledges become part of  the “Pledging Tree,” a live embodiment of all the pledges made by actors throughout the year. A high level event on 11-12 December  marked the 75th anniversary showcased all the pledges.

AGE made three pledges:

  • to advocate for an EU Age Equality strategy,
  • to advocate for an EU horizontal Equal Treatment Directive,
  • to advocate for the adoption of a UN convention on the rights of older persons.

Our President, Heidrun Mollenkopf has recorded a message for the high-level event, where she explains our pledge for a UN convention (see the video below).

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the UDHR we have also asked everyone to change the way they speak about ageing and older persons.


Nena Georgantzi

Human Rights Manager

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