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.

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New Publication

World Mortality 2019 - Highlights Cover Image

World Mortality 2019 - Highlights

New Publication

International Migration 2019 - Highlights

New Publication

World Population Ageing 2019 - Highlights Cover Image

World Population Ageing 2019 - Highlights

New Dataset

World Population Prospects 2019

World Population Prospects 2019 - Data

New Dataset

Profiles of Ageing

Profiles of Ageing 2019

New Dataset

Household Size & Composition 2019

Household Size & Composition 2019

Sustainable Development

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Commission on Population and Development

11th Session CPD 1961

The History of the Commission

Changing population age structures and sustainable development

A lot has changed in the world over the past 70 years; our population has grown and the world's understanding of population issues has changed immensely. The Commission on Population and Development was there for all these changes. Its firsts session took place 70 years ago, and this year we celebrate the Commissions' 50th session.

In this video, key players take us back to the important events and milestones in population research throughout the years.