The Asian and Pacific region is demographically diverse. Some countries, like Papua New Guinea, have youth bulges, many others are experiencing population ageing at an unprecedented pace. At the Asia-Pacific aggregate level, the number of older persons is expected to more than double by 2050, when one in four people in the region are projected to be 60 years or older. The majority of these people will be women. Trends are such that all countries will experience population ageing in the long run and hence even countries with youthful populations can benefit from understanding gender sensitivity and the dynamics of population change. Moreover, through effective policy planning and intervention, prudent investments can be made in health, education and decent work to enhance inclusive and sustainable well-being at all ages.
The National Workshop on Statistical Framework to Harness the Demographic Dividend and Achieve Greater Gender Equality in Papua New Guinea is scheduled to take place on 29 and 30 September 2021. It is being organized by ESCAP, with support of the UNFPA country office in Papua New Guinea and the Department of National Planning and Monitoring, Papua New Guinea.
The meeting is to be held virtually as part of the Development Account project “Demographic Dividend with a Gender Dimension: Entry points for Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in Africa and Asia and the Pacific”. Participation from various government ministries and by other stakeholders is expected.
The objective of the meeting is to review demographic dividend concepts and good practices, and plan ahead with regard to further project implementation, in particular applying the main knowledge product of the project: “Indicator Framework to Assess Progress on Harnessing the Demographic Dividend with a Gender Dimension in Asia and the Pacific”.