This report provides an overview of levels and trends in population ageing and the situation of older persons in Asia and the Pacific. It also provides an overview of policies and good practices on population ageing from across the region.
The report is being published following the Asia-Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting on the Fourth Review and Appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, convened from 29 June to 1 July 2022. The report draws together different documents prepared for the review and appraisal process, including voluntary national survey responses by ESCAP members and associate members, summaries of consultations with non-government stakeholders, and the report and outcome document adopted at the intergovernmental meeting.
The report is structured along the three priority directions of the Madrid Plan of Action: (a) older persons and development; (b) advancing health and well-being into old age; and (c) ensuring enabling and supportive environments. Moreover, there is a chapter on data and research and the final chapter contains conclusions and recommendations. Gender considerations and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on older persons are mainstreamed throughout the report. Issues concerning the nexus between older persons and the effects of climate change and disasters are also addressed.
The report combines qualitative and quantitative analysis at national, subregional and regional levels which is highly relevant to policymakers, academics, United Nations entities and civil society organizations.
The official outcome document of the aforementioned Asia-Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting is reproduced at the end of the report.