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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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Foreword

The Asia-Pacific region is experiencing population ageing at an unprecedented pace, with the number of older persons expected to more than double, from 535 million in 2015 to about 1.3 billion in 2050. By then, one in four people in the region will be 60 years old or older, while the “oldest-old” (80 years or older) will constitute about one fifth of all older persons. This demographic transition towards an ageing society has deep social, economic and political implications for the region, particularly because inequalities often are exacerbated in old age.

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