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World population ageing 2013

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World Population Ageing 2013 provides a description of global trends in population ageing and includes a series of indicators of the ageing process by development regions, major areas, regions and countries. It considers the process of population ageing for the world as a whole, for more and less developed regions, major areas and regions as well as individual countries or areas. Demographic profiles highlighting the relevant indicators of population ageing and covering the period 1950 to 2050 are provided for each country or area.

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Introduction

The world population has been experiencing significant ageing?the process that results in rising proportions of older persons in the total population?since the mid-twentieth century. Ageing had started earlier in the more developed regions and was beginning to take place in some developing countries and was becoming more evident at the global scale around the time of the International Conference on Population and Development took place in 1994 in Cairo, Egypt. Population ageing was further advanced by the Second World Assembly on Ageing, which took place in Madrid, Spain, in 2002, and the demographic projections at that time evidenced an unmistakeable trend of continued ageing, which would no doubt consolidate during the twentyfirst century. As this report makes clear, however, the intensity and depth of ageing will vary considerably among countries and regions.

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