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Improving Lives Of Older Persons

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation opened Fiji’s first Biennial General Assembly of Older Persons in Suva today to spread awareness in addressing development aspects for the aged.
13 Dec 2016 16:37
Improving Lives Of Older Persons
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa with 100 year old Ms. Benina Kelekelevesi at Fiji’s first Biennial General Assembly of Older Persons Photo:DEPTFO News

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation opened Fiji’s first Biennial General Assembly of Older Persons in Suva today to spread awareness in addressing development aspects for the aged.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa said, Fiji’s older population in 2015 comprised of 9.3 percent of the total population.

“This two day national consultation creates an ideal and elevated platform for policy makers, partners and older persons to have a voice in the specific development agenda and its implementation,” Minister Vuniwaqa said.

She added that Government’s commitment to older persons is protected under the 2013 Constitution providing a range of socio-economic rights.

These rights include rights to education, access to health care, housing and sanitation, reasonable access to transportation, food security and safe water and social security schemes.

“With diverse representations today, we can all make a difference through information sharing and the united commitment to leave no one behind in Fiji’s inclusive development agenda,” Minister Vuniwaqa said.

Minister Vuniwaqa said the consultations is part of the National Council of Older Persons (NCOP) mandate to take bold steps in creating stronger partnerships with tangible objectives and outcomes for the senior citizens of Fiji.



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