International Tenants’ day 2018, theme announced


This year the International Tenants’ Day, celebrated on the first Monday of October each year, coincides with the United Nations’ “International Day of Older Persons”. The International Union of Tenants (IUT) has therefore chosen the theme: “Sound, safe and suitable housing for elderly people” as this year’s theme for the International Tenants’ Day 2018. There are currently an estimated 962 million people aged 60 or over in the world, comprising 13 per cent of the global population. The population aged 60 or above is growing at a rate of about 3 per cent per year. Currently, Europe has the greatest percentage of the population aged 60 or over (25 per cent). Rapid ageing will occur in other parts of the world as well so that by 2050 all regions of the world except Africa will have nearly a quarter or more of their populations at aged 60 and above. The number of older persons in the world is projected to be 1.4 billion in 2030 and 2.1billion in 2050 and could rise to 3.1 billion in 2100.
These figures have prompted much attention and are likely to create many challenges, not least in housing the growing number of older people.
The IUT supports its members in making their own choice at a national or regional level as to which sub-themes they may want to promote.

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