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Background of ageing

The Asia-Pacific region is undergoing profound and rapid population changes. All countries in Asia and the Pacific are in the process of ageing at an unprecedented pace, although the timing and pace of this transition varies across the region.

In 2016, approximately 12.4 per cent of the population in the region was 60 years or older, but this is projected to increase to more than a quarter – or 1.3 billion - people by 2050.

Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA)

The MIPAA is the global guiding document on population ageing with 3 priority areas:

  1. Older persons and development;
  2. Advancing health and well-being into old age;
  3. Ensuring enabling and supportive environments.

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

ESCAP aims to strengthen regional cooperation and enhance government capacity to design and implement policy measures that empower older persons, promote and protect the rights of older persons and facilitate social and economic adjustments needed to respond to the rapid demographic transition. This includes advocating for the strengthening of social protection and enhancing health care for older persons, as well as addressing the specific needs of older women. ESCAP also provides a forum for member States to exchange information and good practices on ageing.