Give a chance to older persons for applying their experiences

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The 33rd anniversary of the United Nations International Day of Older Persons will shine a spotlight on a vital theme: “Fulfilling the Promises of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for Older Persons: Across Generations.” This theme underscores the importance of upholding human rights for the elderly, ensuring they are not left behind due to the natural process of ageing.
This commemorative event aims to emphasize the unique needs and rights of older individuals worldwide, focusing on both the enjoyment of their rights and addressing violations. It also highlights how strengthening solidarity and promoting equity and reciprocity between generations can offer sustainable solutions in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Generally, individuals aged 60 and above are considered senior citizens. Their wealth of experience holds immense value, and it is essential that they share this wisdom with current and future generations. By doing so, they help younger generations rapidly accumulate knowledge necessary for life, benefiting society as a whole and contributing to a more peaceful world.
In Myanmar, society places a strong emphasis on respecting and learning from older persons. Parents traditionally teach their children to show respect to their elders and to seek their advice and wisdom attentively. In return, older individuals willingly share their valuable experiences and provide guidance to the younger generation, assisting them in navigating life’s challenges. This practice is deeply rooted in Buddhist teachings, reflecting a culture.
Today, Myanmar is striving for national modernization by harnessing the collective strength of the people including the invaluable advice and experiences of older citizens who have the right and capacity to actively participate in nation-building efforts. Drawing from a lifetime of experience in overcoming challenges, they form a dependable resource for the state. Therefore, younger generations have to apply the wisdom and experiences of older individuals.
Across the globe, societies must strive for balanced development by capitalizing on the invaluable experiences of senior citizens and the tireless efforts of the younger generation. Older individuals possess a wealth of knowledge and experiences, while the younger generation has the capacity to absorb these skills and techniques and put them to effective use in society.
The commemorative day serves as a reminder of the importance of valuing and respecting the elderly and recognizing their essential role in shaping a better future for all generations. By fostering intergenerational cooperation and learning, we can fulfil the promises of human rights for older persons and work towards a more equitable and prosperous world.

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