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Addressing the Challenges of Population Ageing in Asia and the Pacific

Implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing

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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. The Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) is the global guiding document on population ageing, and with its round of third review and appraisal, this publication explores the progress made by countries in implementing MIPAA, addressing the challenges and issues faced by different countries.

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Recent policy developments in the Asia-Pacific region

The statutory retirement age across the Asia-Pacific region is low, considering the current and increasing life expectancies, resulting in long retirement duration. Eliminating age barriers in the formal labour market would help to ease the fiscal pressure on pension schemes and health-care systems. Allowing older persons to work as long as they are able and willing would sustain their self-sufficiency and reduce their social alienation.

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