Ertuğrul Apakan’s Discussion Paper on Ageing in the Twenty-First Century
Looking to the future, the world faces two huge challenges: one is adjusting to ageing societies. Another is highly uncertain climate change.
Population ageing is one of the most significant trends of the 21st century. People live longer because of medical advances, better nutrition, education and economic well-being. Life expectancy at birth is over 80 now in 33 countries; just five years ago, only 19 countries had reached this. A new structure of society is emerging. The Post-2015 agenda must be responsive to this structural shift. In this context, ageing deserves a greater focus.
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