The International congress “A
Society for all Ages”, convened by the Pensioners' Association of the
Savings Banks, saw the participation of more than four hundred people
representing the various countries, assembled in Alicante from 5 to 7 May
On this occasion, the current year was declared International Year of the
Elderly, and the opportunity to unite the works that for many years have been
realized by several different public and private organizations, as well as the
urgent need to fix the coordinates in which the actions to be developed are to
be concentrated, widely justified the realization of the
As a result of the works, a series of conclusions was unanimously
approved that will be submitted to the competent authorities in due time. One of
the approved agreements was the approval of a declaration of principles that
complete those already established by UNESCO. This declaration was called by the
participants Alicante Declaration
and is based on the following objectives:
1º. To obtain the integration of the elderly, with full rights, into
society, in the certainty that this is the best way to improvement of the
2º. To assure our active participation, without any distinction, in any
work of educational, vocational, assistance and cultural type, paying attention
to our own characteristics.
3º. To facilitate a participating cohabitation among different social age
groups, with particular reference to the young people.
4º. To motivate the different vocational sectors in order to, like the
several different Pensioners' Associations of the European Savings Banks are
already doing, intensify our attention to our own pensioners, and, once embarked
on this road, to give all
pensioners, whatever their origin, the possibility to benefit from the
activities that are realised.
5º. To establish the necessary methods in order that the interventions
already begun in different countries may be made known, exchanged and
coordinated among them, in areas of greater social profit.
6º. To intensify, in a specific way, the relations with Universities and
other educational and research centers, in the certainty that the problems
raised require technical and scientific work of high
7º. To increase the activities of the European cultural foundation,
called “Intergenerations”, which immediately began its activity and is
considered the suitable instrument for achieving the mentioned
8º. To ask for a participation as citizens with full right and members in
every respect, through our representatives directly elected by us, in all those
organizations of the various administrations both public and representative,
that directly influence the problems of the elderly, with particular reference
to the Savings and Credit corporations.
9º. To use all the available means of communication, information and
formation, in order to make a New Culture possible, based on the need of a more
integrated cohabitation, thanks to the intergeneration relations, so that the
participation in programs for all the ages is to be
The present declaration will be formally handed over, because of the
importance of the effects that it may cause, to the Spanish commission of UNESCO
with the request that, if considered suitable, it be presented to UNESCO
headquarters in Paris.
in Alicante, the 7th of May 1.999.