World Economic and Social Survey 2007

Development in an Ageing World — 60th Anniversary Edition, 1948-2007

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The World Economic and Social Survey 2007 analyses the challenges and opportunities associated with ageing populations and aims to facilitate discussions in furthering the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing which focuses on three sets of priorities: older people and development; advancing health and well-being into old age; and enabling and supportive environments for older persons. The Survey underscores the need to fully recognize and better harness the productive and social contributions to societies that older persons can make but are, in many instances, prevented from making.




The ageing of the world’s population is one of the major achievements of modern society. Today, people live far longer than they did a century ago, reflecting advances in medicine, nutrition and technology. But ageing poses major challenges as well, and will be a dominant theme for development in the twenty-first century. By 2050, almost 2 billion people will be aged 60 years or over. Eighty per cent of them will live in developing countries.


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