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Workshop on the Social Integration and Rights of Older Persons in the Asia-Pacific region 30 September - 2 October 2014, Bangkok Concept Note I. Background Asia and the Pacific is the fastest ageing region in the world. It is expected that by 2050, one fourth of the total population in Asia and the Pacific will be 60 years old or older. Due to increased life expectancy and continuing fertility decline, all subregions in Asia and the Pacific are ageing. In East and North-East Asia, the fastest ageing subregion, one third of the population will be above 60 and even in South Asia, persons above 60 will make up almost one fifth of the population. But in spite of older person’s increasing importance in the demographics of the region, older persons are often inadequately considered in policies and rights. For example in East Asia, only 18.5 per cent of the working- age population is covered by pension systems, and in South Asia the population is only 7.5 per cent. Therefore a large number of older persons has to continue working or is dependent on family support. The regional review of the Madrid International Plan of Action (MIPAA) in 2011/2012 led to the adoption of the Bangkok Statement on the Asia-Pacific Review of the Implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing. Member states identified the following prevailing and emerging issues related to older persons: the need to expand social protection and health-care coverage; address the gender dimensions of ageing; enact and enforce specific legislation to protect the rights of older persons; and promote employment opportunities for older persons. The social integration of older persons is a key
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