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 1999.
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
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
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
To assure our active participation, without any distinction, in any work of
educational, vocational, assistance and cultural type, paying attention to our
To facilitate a participating cohabitation among different social age groups,
with particular reference to the young people.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 promoted.
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
in Alicante, the seventh of May nine teen hundred ninety