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.
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.
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.
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
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.