Intergenerational relations have typically centred on sharing knowledge, cultural norms, traditions as well as reciprocal care, support and exchange of resources. Current socio-economic and demographic trends challenge youth-parent-grandparents relationships.
• Socio-economic trends, demographic transitions, changes in family structures and living arrangements along with migration and mobility influence intergenerational relationships and current social protection systems, especially pension schemes, putting at risk the autonomous future of youth.
• In 2007, the General Assembly adopted a supplement to the World Programme of Action for Youth that, among other things, proposes action on strengthening families and bolstering intergenerational solidarity.
• The 2009 UN International Experts Group meeting on "Family Policy in a Changing World: Promoting Social Protection and Intergenerational Solidarity" recommended building partnerships and cooperation between youth and older persons organizations.
• In 2012, the Commission for Social Development adopted “Advancing Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity” as one of the themes of the preparations for the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family, 20143.