The world is growing old fast. In the next 10 years, the number of people over age 60 will surpass one billion.
Ageing in the Twenty-First Century: A Celebration and A Challenge, is a landmark new report published by UNFPA and HelpAge.
It makes the case for governments, NGOs, global institutions, and civil society to fully commit to a concerted global effort to realign 21st century society to fit the realities of 21st century demographics.
Watch our introductory film, download the full report (3mb) or browse the report content below.
Read UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon's preface to the report.
Read UNFPA Executive Director, Babatunde Osotimehin's foreword.
Read Ageing in the Twenty-First Century: Executive Summary online, or download in:
English (690kb) |Arabic (3mb) |
Chinese (704kb) | French (980kb) |
Portuguese (706kb) |Russian (1mb) | Spanish (709kb) | Vietnamese (465kb) | Japanese (2mb) | German (1.2mb) | Italian (2.6mb) | Thai (1.5mb)
Chapter 1: Overview
An overview of population ageing and its social and econonic implications. This chapter also argues for the need to protect older people's rights.
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Chapter 2: Evidence
Chapter 2 takes a fresh look at the evidence and describes how the situation and role of older people has changed over the past ten years.
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Chapter 3: Progress
Chapter 3 reviews progress in policies and legislation on ageing. It highlights key issues in each region and describes regional processes for implementing and reviewing the Madrid Plan.
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Chapter 4: Voices
In Chapter 4 - the heart of the report - we hear from older people themselves how their lives have changed and what they want from policy makers.
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Chapter 5: Findings
A summary of the main findings of the report and recommendations on the way forward to secure a "society for all ages."
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Appendix 1: Indicators of ageing and older persons
Appendix 2: Minimum list of indicators
Appendix 3: Research agenda on ageing for the 21st century
Appendix 4: Methodology for consultations
Download Appendices and Endnotes (639kb).