Statement of the Universal Esperanto Association on the occasion of the International Day of Older Persons

Every year on October 1, the United Nations celebrates the International Year of Older Persons. In recent years it has done so in awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals, which have drawn and continue to draw attention to the situation of older persons who all too often live in conditions of poverty (Goal 1), hunger (Goal 2), and ill health (Goal 3). At the same time, older persons who live in relatively good conditions and who often have time and energy at their disposal, can be a potent force in carrying out all of the seventeen Goals, if they can be mobilized effectively.

The Universal Esperanto Association is proud of its activity among people of all ages, but particularly of its older members, who dedicate themselves to work for the public good, inform themselves about international life, and work to improve the relations among the various nations. Using Esperanto, they develop contacts and friendships across the divisions of language and significantly contribute to the creation of international understanding and contacts.

The Association congratulates the United Nations for its work for older persons and once again emphasizes its readiness to work with the UN, UNESCO and other international organizations to improve the lot of the older citizens of the world.