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Every 10 December, the world comes together to mark Human Rights Day. On this day, we commemorate the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which enshrines the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being.

This year’s Human Rights Day is special, because the UDHR celebrates its 75th birthday. Yet if we were the same age as the UDHR, many of us wouldn’t be enjoying the rights it defines.

An important way to ensure older people’s rights are protected is to guarantee their ability to express their views and interests in ways that genuinely influence policy and decision-making. Within the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing framework, this is called ‘voice and meaningful engagement’.

But voice and meaningful engagement is not always well understood or defined, which can lead to tokenistic representations of older people’s ‘voices’ in ways that don’t value, amplify, and act upon them for transformative change.

That’s why to mark this year’s Human Rights Day, we’re publishing a series of resources to help us integrate voice and meaningful engagement throughout all of our work. Find out more about them below, or visit the UN Decade Platform’s VOICE hub to explore them.

Explore the new resources on the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing Platform's VOICE hub