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Importance of support for orphans and the elderly

Orphaned children and the elderly are two segments of the population that deserve special attention and continued support at the international level. UNESCO WFUCA, recognizes the importance of addressing the needs and challenges faced by these vulnerable groups worldwide.

Orphaned Children:

Orphaned children, those who have lost one or both parents, often face significant obstacles in their development and well-being. The loss of caregivers can have a profound impact on their mental, emotional and physical health, as well as their access to education and future opportunities. UNESCO WFUCA advocates for:

Ensuring that orphaned children have access to quality education and psychological and social support services to overcome the trauma of loss.

Promote the inclusion of these children in society and prevent discrimination and stigma associated with their situation.

Collaborate with other UN agencies and international organizations to provide resources and assistance to countries facing significant challenges in caring for orphaned children, such as those affected by armed conflict and natural disasters.


The elderly, in many cultures, are seen as bearers of wisdom and experiences accumulated throughout their lives. However, they also face challenges, such as loneliness, isolation, and lack of access to adequate health care. UNESCO WFUCA is committed to:

Promote respect and appreciation of the elderly in society, recognizing their continuing contribution to culture and community.

Advocate for policies that promote social inclusion, adequate health care and support for the elderly.

Encourage the preservation and transmission of the traditions and knowledge of the elderly to younger generations, thus strengthening social and cultural cohesion.

UNESCO WFUCA recognizes that promoting the rights and well-being of orphaned children and the elderly is fundamental to building inclusive and sustainable societies worldwide. We urge member states, international organizations and civil society to join in this important work, ensuring that no orphaned child and elderly person is left behind in our commitment to a better and more equitable future.