Online discussion on low population growth and ageing

Ageing, Development and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

There is no denying the shift in global demographics. By 2030, there will be more people over 60 than children under 10; and 73 per cent of the world’s older population will be living in developing countries.

To date, old age and older persons have been inadequately addressed in policies, programmes, research and data collection in areas such as poverty eradication, health, food security, gender as well as in opportunities to secure access to livelihood and assets. This is despite the adoption by Member States of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing in 2002. It has become clear that business as usual cannot be an option and that he issue of population ageing should be fully addressed as part of the post-2015 development agenda.

A great deal of on on line consultations on "The World We Want post 2015" have focused on inequality. Older persons lack visibility in existing human rights standards, and many normative gaps in the protection of the rights of older persons are yet to be addressed. The post-2015 development agenda needs to be sensitive and responsive to how age, gender and where people live, affect equality, safety and enjoyment of human rights especially amongst older persons.

Currently, there is a lack of nationally-representative and internationally-comparable data on older people. This is a major barrier to the response to population ageing. Any post 2015 age-sensitive goals and targets will require age- and sex-disaggregated date to measure their indicators.

This is a unique opportunity to place the issue of ageing on the international development agenda for post 2015. Join us in this e-consultation that is jointly organized by the United Nations Focal Point on Ageing and Help Age International, and have your say in this important process!

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