OFFICIAL LOGO SELECTED FOR
INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF OLDER PERSONS, 1999 (IYOP)
The Department of Public
Information (DPI) has announced the selection of the official United Nations
logo for the International Year of Older Persons, 1999.
The logo design, prepared
by DPI in consultation with the Department of Economic and Social Affairs,
comprises rotating concentric lines expressing vitality, diversity and
interdependence, as well as movement and progression.
The reflection of vitality
in the lines refers to the increased ability of the mind and spirit of
older persons, made possible by healthy lifestyles. The experiences gained
throughout life lend themselves to the great diversity found among older
persons in all societies. This combination of vitality and diversity is
seen as heralding both "a new age for old age" and the reality of "old
age in a new age".
The concentric petals
or lines draw attention to the independence and interdependence of the
generations, factors which blend to create a dynamic and reciprocal exchange
of encouragement, enablement and caring. Such reciprocity enacted in family,
community and society at large is the animating principle leading "towards
a society for all ages", the theme of the Year.
The General Assembly
designated the year 1999 as the International Year of Older Persons, when
it adopted the Proclamation on Ageing in 1992. The Proclamation urges the
international community to facilitate collaboration across sectors and
nations, and to reach out to the development community, the media, the
private sector and younger generations in an effort to create a society
for all ages.
United Nations programmes
have consistently promoted the fullest possible participation of older
persons in their societies and the recognition of their needs and concerns.
In 1982, the General Assembly endorsed the International Plan
of Action on Aging,
held at Vienna, from 26 July to 6 August 1982. Subsequently, the General
Assembly adopted the United Nations Principles for Older Persons in 1991.
Based on these documents, the Secretary-General has elaborated conceptual
and operational measures for "1999 and beyond".
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