1st October: United Nations International Day of Older Persons: ‘Digital Equity for All Ages’

A message from our president on the occasion of the 1st of October: United Nations International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP): ‘Digital Equity for All Ages’

Since 1990, the UN has designated 1 October as a day to remember the older generation. This year’s theme is ‘Digital Equity for All Ages’. It is based on the need for access to and meaningful participation in the digital world for everyone, and especially for older people.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we felt more than ever how digitisation has become part of our everyday life, of working and learning, of the provision of health and care services, of all kinds of social interaction. But the pandemic has also made it clear that not everyone is benefiting from the opportunities of digitisation and that the digital divide between those who are part of the digital society and those who are not increases with age. For this reason, the ESU has made this issue one of the topics of its recent reflections and has submitted an ESU statement and a resolution: “The need of media and information literacy for all age groups” (available in EnglishGerman,French & Spanish). The resolution was adopted at the Extraordinary Congress in Madrid (23-25 September) you can find the corresponding press release in English and Spanish here.

We hope that this resolution will inspire you on the 1st of October, the UNIDOP, and that – as stated in the ESU resolution – you can convince governments and all stakeholders to emphasise the importance of media and information literacy during the World Media and Information Literacy Week (24-31 October 2021).

Let us build a “better tomorrow” together, where everyone is invited to participate in society and where no one is left behind.

ESU President
An Hermans

Events in 2021

Our ESU was welcomed in Cyprus


the ESU president and secretary general were invited to cyprus for talks on the occasion of the UNIDOP, digitalisation and much more

A quarter of a century of active senior citizenship: we are grateful & celebrate


25th anniversary of the ESU - ESU-Madrid-Congress 23-25 September 2021

ESU Extraordinary Congress


Amendments to the ESU Statutes and Rules of Procedure.

‘Building the future together’


Seniors focussing on EU's political priorities: ESU-Madrid-Congress 23-25 September 2021

Online meeting Executive Committee about the upcoming ESU-Congress in Madrid


Online meeting Executive Committee about the upcoming ESU-Congress in Madrid

Some inspiring echoes from our member organisations of the past year


Overview of the Country Reports at the Executive Committee on 3 July at our Summer Academy

2021 Summer Academy


Online edition of ESU Summer Academy presenting most recent information about EU policies relating to the EU challenges for the future and to age & ageing

A European Health Union in the making? - Ensuring EU solidarity for a better healthcare for all

Video Conference

ESU-video Conference 20 April 2021, 11h00-12h30

Launch of the 2020 Annual Report


For ESU too, 2020 was an unforeseen year, our annual report gives an overview of how we learned from this abnormal year and tried to overcome the obstacles.

Older persons and digital inclusion in today’s information society



The era of digitalization: from communication highways to disinformation and infodemic. Opportunities and potential risks

Video Conference

ESU Video Conference 23 March

Europe’s future: demographic challenges and opportunities for a strong recovery

Video Conference

Videomeeting with Mrs Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Democracy and Demography.

Drawing lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, to cope with future challenges for people and for the EU

Video Conference

The ESU organized its first video conference of 2021, with interesting speakers such as: Herman Van Rompuy, Hardy Ostry & Rolf Berend on a post COVID-19 Europe.