Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Ageing in the 21st Century

Excerpts from the Report:

Population ageing is one of the most significant trends of the 21st century.  It has important and far-reaching implications for all aspecyts of society.  With one in nine persons in the world aed 60 years or over, projected to increase to one in five by 2050, population ageing is a phenomenon that can no loner be ignored.

The report, which is the product of a collaboration of over 20 UN entities and major international organizations working in the area of population ageing, shows that important progress has been made by many countries in adopting new policies, strategies, plans and laws on ageing, but the much more nedds to be done to fully implement the Madrid Plan and fulfill the potential of our aging world.  Aging is a triumph of development.  Increasing longevity is one of humanity's greatest achievements.To face the challenges and also take advantage of the opportunities resulting from population aeing, this report calls for new approaches to the way that societies, worforces, and social and intergenerational relations are structured.  Globally, women form the majority of older persons. 

The report makes the case for national and local governments, international organizations, communities, and civil society to fully commit to a concerted global efort to realign 21st century society to fit the realities of 21st century demographics.  It focuses on:
  • income security
  • access to quality health care
  • enabling environments
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