Friday, June 6, 2014

International Year of Older Persons 1999

The United Nations designated 1999 as the International Year of Older Persons to promote independence, participation, care, self-fulfillment & dignity for older persons. The proclamation was launched on 1 Oct 1998 by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan.

Australia has adopted "Australia - Towards a society of all ages" as the overall theme for the International Year. This theme recognises the importance of fostering inter-generational activities and understanding to create a balance between tradition and innovation in economics, social and cultural development.

The International Year of Older Persons provide a unique opportunity for all to recognise and celebrate the valuable contribution older people make to the nation, to communities and to families.

Numerous events took place within the United Nations and in member countries to mark this event. One of such events is the issuance of commemorative stamp to celebrate this important event.


Date of Issue : 11 Feb 1999
Postmark : Caloundra QLD 4551
Denomination : 2 x 45c
Stamp Size : 37.5mm x 26mm


Since 1959, World Refugee Year, the UN has designated specific years in order to draw attention to important issues. For instance, 2004 was the International Year of Rice and 2008 was the International Year of Languages, just to name a few.

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