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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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Introduction

Population ageing is one of the mega trends affecting sustainable development. It has significant impact on economies, societies and the environment. Population ageing is a result of sustained fertility decline and increased life expectancy. Both are highly influenced by reduced infant, child and maternal mortality, by a reduction in communicable diseases and by better control of non-communicable diseases. People now live longer than before, which is a positive outcome of development. Population ageing is a trend that cannot be stopped. It requires adequate policies and government action for countries to maintain sustainable economic growth, eradicate poverty and address inequalities.

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