Expert group meeting on changing population age structures and sustainable development

New York

13 October 2016 to 14 October 2016


The world population is experiencing a historical shift in its age distribution, from the mostly young age structures of the past, towards larger proportions of middle-aged and older persons in the present and future decades. This shift is driven by the demographic transition from high to lower levels of both fertility and mortality. The social and economic consequences of these changes vary greatly across regions and countries.

In consideration of these major global demographic trends and their impacts on development, the Commission on Population and Development decided that the special theme of its 50th session, which will take place in New York from 3 to 7 April, 2017, would be “Changing population age structures and sustainable development”.

The meeting is to examine the various aspects of this topic, with emphasis on new evidence and analysis regarding the drivers and consequences of the changing age distribution of the population. Participants will review the demographic drivers of changing population age structures and examine the implications of shifts in the population age distribution for government policies regarding health, education, work, social protection and intergenerational support.



Organization of work

Thursday, 13 October 2016

09:30 – 10:00

Session I: Opening of the meeting



10:00 – 11:30

Social security in ageing societies


Moderator: Vinicius Pinheiro, International Labour Organization


13:30 – 15:00

Session III: Demographic and economic constraints to balancing work and family obligations


Moderator: Yumiko Kamiya, Population Division


15:15 – 17:00

Session IV: New perspectives on ageing


Moderator: Rosemary Lane, Division for Social Policy and Development


Friday, 14 October 2016
9:30 – 11:00

Session V: Fewer children and youth, with better health and education


Moderator: Michael Herrmann, UNFPA


11:15 – 12:45

Session VI: Aggregate economic implications of changing age structures: The demographic dividend


Moderator: Jorge Bravo, Population Division


12:45 – 13:00

Session VII: Closing

  • Closing remarks: John Wilmoth, Population Division


*See Report