Prof. Nana Araba AptAshesi's Dean of Academic Affairs, Prof. Nana Araba Apt, was invited to speak on the issues facing older persons in Africa, at a recent United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) briefing in New York. The theme for this year’s briefing was, “A Call for a Convention on the Rights of Older Persons.”

The briefing was held in recognition of the International Day of Older Persons, which is observed on October 1, each year. The day was an opportunity to celebrate the contribution of older persons within their communities and to evaluate how government policies are affecting the lives of older persons in countries around the world. Older persons comprise 11% of the global population yet they remain largely marginalized in society. Professor Apt also stated that “the role of civil society is essential in raising awareness of the need to improve the quality of life for older persons.” According to Prof. Apt, “the ageing population presents Africa with a significant problem. However, older persons, if treated as development partners could help with improvement in their quality of life.” She acknowledged the role of NGOs in addressing issues affecting older persons in Africa and encouraged them to work even harder.

Other speakers present at the briefing were from Brazil, the Middle East, Nepal, the Chez Republic and Argentina.