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.
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. Prominent population experts, award-winning demographers alike lesser known researchers have been contributing articles, documenting over the years the evolution of thinking in this important sphere.
These factsheets outline key facts, trends, and challenges related to key areas of population dynamics in Asia and the Pacific , namely population trends, ageing, international migration, urbanization, and sexual and reproductive health.
This journal contains three articles:
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Population Data Sheet for Asia and the Pacific, published annually by ESCAP, contains key indicators on population and development displayed at country, subregional and regional levels.
It is a useful tool for reference by researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders interested in the field of population and development.
Indicators such as total and projected population, life expectancy at birth and the Human Development Index together with selected graphs, provide an overall picture of the situation in the region.
Global Survey ICPD Beyond 2014
The Journal contains four articles:
1. Status, Decision-Making Role and Expectations of Older Persons in Rural Maharashtra, India
In traditional Indian society, older persons were key decision makers while younger generations would tend to comply with their decisions. This tradition has changed in the context of modernization and urbanization.
This paper focuses on the status of older persons, their role, their decision-making power and the expectations they have of their children, society and the government.