Population Dynamics

ESCAP’s focus on population dynamics reflects the changing landscape of the region. Asia-Pacific, with over 4.2 billion people, is home to nearly 60 per cent of the world’s population. It is a diverse region, with seven of the world’s ten most populous countries, and also some of the world’s smallest island nations in the Pacific.


ICPD Report in Asia and the Pacific

The publication Sustaining Progress on Population and Development in Asia and the Pacific: 20 years after ICPD  contains an analysis of the ICPD beyond 2014 Global Survey in Asia and the Pacific and the results of additional research on the status of implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action in the region.


Sixth APPC Report

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.


Asia-Pacific Population Journal, Vol. 28 is released

Vol. 28, No. 1

The present issue of the Asia-Pacific Population Journal contains three conference room papers which were prepared to inform delegates and participants of the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference (APPC), which was organized by ESCAP, in partnership with UNFPA, from 16 to 20 September 2013.

Vol. 28, No. 2

This journal contains the following articles:

Proximate Determinants and their Influence on Fertility Reduction in Viet Nam
By K.C. Das, Chander Shekhar, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Lan and Kumudini Das

Gender Accounting of Consumption and Life-cycle Deficit for India
By Laishram Ladusingh

Role of Labour Broker Networks in Establishing the Cost of Working Abroad for Thai Migrant Workers
By Dusadee Ayuwat and Thanapauge Chamaratana



Asia-Pacific Population Journal

For over two decades, the Asia-Pacific Population Journal (APPJ) has been taking the pulse of population and social issues unfolding in the region. Published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), APPJ brings out high quality, evidence-based and forward-looking articles relevant for population policies and programmes in Asia and the Pacific.


Asia-Pacific Population Journal Vol. 27, No. 2 is released

This journal contains three articles:

The Role of the Public and Private Sectors in Responding to Older Persons’ Needs for Inpatient Care: Evidence from Kerala, India
By Subrata Mukherjee and Jean-Frederic Levesque

A Turnaround in India’s Urbanization
By R.B. Bhagat

The Evolution of Population Policy in Viet Nam
By Bang Nguyen Pham, Peter S. Hill, Wayne Hall and Chalapati Rao


2013 ESCAP Population Data Sheet

The 2013 ESCAP Population Data Sheet for Asia and the Pacific focuses on maternal health. In light of the current challenges in achieving MDG 5 on maternal health, indicators such as births attended by skilled health personnel, maternal mortality ratio, unmet need for family planning and adolescent fertility rates are provided.


Sixth APPC: Asian and Pacific Countries Adopt Ground Breaking Agenda on Population, Development and Rights

BANGKOK (ESCAP and UNFPA) -- A regional ministerial conference of Asian and Pacific governments has issued a strong reaffirmation that gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights are indispensable to sustainable development, and must be a key part of the post-2015 development framework.


Report of the Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference

The Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference (Sixth APPC) was held from 8 to 10 May 2013 at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok, as an important step in the preparatory process leading up to the Sixth APPC.

Click here to access the meeting report.



Asia-Pacific Population Journal, Volume 27, No. 1, June 2012

The demography of the Asian and Pacific region has recently achieved two significant milestones. The population growth rate for the region as a whole is now under 1 per cent (0.9 per cent) per year, and the total fertility rate has reached the population replacement level of 2.1 births per woman. The rapid transition from high fertility and mortality to generally low levels of fertility and mortality in most countries of the region represents a remarkable success for public policy.