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The Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs is an important centre of demographic research that supports intergovernmental processes at the United Nations in the area of population and development. The Division brings population issues to the attention of the international community, highlighting the central role of demographic trends in all aspects of sustainable development. The Division publishes several detailed collections of data about the world’s population, as well as descriptions and analyses of global demographic trends. It also assists countries in developing their capacity to produce and analyse population data and information.

This Highlights assesses the extent of improvements in survival over the 25 years that have passed since the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and monitors progress towards the achievement of the related goals and targets of the Programme of Action and its contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This Highlights summarizes the key findings of the International Migration 2019 report that analyzes global and regional levels and trends in international migration, based on the latest estimates of international migrant stock, and investigates the contribution of migration to demographic change. The Highlights also discusses international migration policies and programmes and provide an overview of normative and legal frameworks on international migration and refugees.

This publication presents the highlights of World Population Ageing 2019, which draws on the latest population estimates and projections published in World Population Prospects 2019. This Highlights report provides an overview of key global and regional trends and dynamics of population ageing and discusses different measures of ageing that include conventional measures as well as prospective and economic measures. A set of Annex tables provides global, regional and national data for selected indicators discussed in the report.

The 2019 revision of the World Population Prospects is the twenty-sixth edition of the official United Nations population estimates and projections. It presents population estimates from 1950 to the present for 235 countries or areas, underpinned by analyses of historical demographic trends. The 2019 revision also presents population projections to the year 2100 that reflect a range of plausible outcomes at the global, regional and country levels.