The rapid ageing of the world population is one of the major global demographic trends, driven by the reduction of fertility and mortality. The Population Division monitors the global, regional and national trends in ageing and its major socio-economic implications. As noted in the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, in most regions and countries of the world the population aged 60 or more is growing faster than younger adults and children, and this has important consequences for the family, the labour market, and public programs directed to different generational groups.
The Division publishes reports, data sets, wall charts and briefs on ageing and development (see list below), and collaborates with other divisions of DESA, the UNFPA and other UN entities in organizing and servicing expert meetings and producing analytical reports on the topic. The Division also participates in capacity development activities in this area, including inter-regional Development Account projects
- Population Ageing and Development 2012 (wall chart)
- Population Facts No. 2012/4, December 2012 - Population ageing and development: Ten years after Madrid
- Population Facts No. 2012/1, April 2012 - Population Ageing and the Non-communicable Diseases
- World Population Ageing 2009
- Expert Group Meeting on Policy Responses to Population Ageing and Population Decline - 16-18 October 2000 New York
- Measuring and Analyzing the Generational Economy with National Transfer Accounts (NTA): A Training Workshop - 17-20 September 2012 Bangkok, Thailand