The Asia-Pacific region is currently home to over half of the world’s elderly population. The region is experiencing population ageing at an unprecedented pace, due to the tremendous improvements in life expectancy combined with falling fertility rates. The number of older persons in the region is expected to triple from 438 million in 2010 to more than 1.26 billion by 2050. By then, almost two thirds of the world’s older persons will be living in the Asia-Pacific, with one in four people in the region expected to be over 60 years old.
In April 2002, Second World Assembly on Ageing adopted the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) and the Political Declaration. It it remains a global guiding document with priority focused in the areas of (i) older persons and development; (ii) advancing health and well-being into old age; and (iii) ensuring enabling and supportive environments.
This report contains the Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Population and Development as well as the proceedings and organization of the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference, held in Bangkok in September 2014.
Factsheet outlining key facts, trends, and challenges related to population ageing in Asia and the Pacific.
The global community has reached a critical moment in our collective efforts to address poverty and usher in a better future. The 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals is fast approaching while discussions on shaping a vision for development beyond that date are intensifying. In this effort, we must address shifting demographics, especially the needs and concerns of the world’s increasing number of older persons.
Resolution adopted by the 69th Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, 1 May 2013, Bangkok.
The resolution 69/14 endorses the adoption of the Bangkok statement on the Asia-Pacific review of the implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing.
Governments of countries and areas in the ESCAP region gathered in Bangkok, Thailand from 10 to 12 September 2012 for the Asia-Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting on the Second Review and Appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing.
Rapid population ageing and a steady increase in human longevity worldwide represent one of the greatest social, economic and political transformations of our time. These demographic changes will affect every community, family and person. They demand that we rethink how individuals live, work, plan and learn throughout their lifetimes, and that we re-invent how societies manage themselves.
Next year marks 10 years since the adoption of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing. The theme of this year’s International Day of Older Persons, “Launch of Madrid Plus 10: The growing opportunities and challenges of global ageing”, reflects this upcoming milestone. This year we also commemorate 20 years since the adoption of the United Nations Principles for Older Persons. These basic principles – independence, participation, care, self-fulfilment and dignity – both enshrine the human rights of older persons and give us the objectives for which we st
ESCAP policy document.
Published on: 11 October 2007
It is estimated that the proportion of persons aged 60 years and over in the world will double between 2000 and 2050, from 10 to 21 per cent. Population ageing is poised to become one of the greatest challenges in the coming decades with vast economic, social and other consequences.