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.
These factsheets provide key demographic data on population ageing in Asia and the Pacific by country. They also provide an overview on policies, programmes and legislative frameworks in select countries, including information on social protection schemes for older persons, policies on healthy ageing and long-term care. Data and information on policies, programmes and legislative frameworks are based on responses received in 2012 to the Regional Survey on Ageing distributed by ESCAP to its member States and associated members.
ESCAP gave a special lecture on "Gaps in pension systems in Asia and the Pacific" in a training course on pension systems, held from 24-26 September 2014 in Seoul, Republic of Korea, organized by the OECD Korea Center and the National Pension Service of the Republic of Korea.
Older persons are playing an increasingly significant role in society as they grow in number and as healthcare improves in some parts of the world.
The number of older persons is expected to more than double, globally, from 841 million people in 2013 to more than 2 billion in 2050. By that year, nearly 8 in 10 of the world’s older population will live in the less developed regions.
Resolution adopted at the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly, 21 December 2010, New York.
In resolution A/ RES/65/182 General Assembly decided, inter alia, to establish an open-ended working group, open to all States Members of the United Nations, for the purpose of strengthening the protection of the human rights of older persons.
The document is available at http://undocs.org/A/RES/65/182
Resolution adopted at the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly, 20 December 2012, New York.
In resolution A/ RES/67/139 General Assembly decided that the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing shall consider proposals for an international legal instrument to promote and protect the rights and dignity of older persons.
The document is available at http://undocs.org/A/RES/67/139