New Regional Human Development Report offers innovative policies for maximizing the potential of population change
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced today that it will launch its new human development report “Shaping the Future: How Changing Demographics Can Power Human Development,” on April 26 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The report analyzes population trends in Asia and the Pacific and puts forward a set of long-term strategies for sustainable development.
“Asia and the Pacific will have nearly five billion people by 2050. How countries manage that population will have an impact on their growth,” said Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director for Asia and the Pacific. “Over the past 65 years, the population in the region has tripled. Some countries have rapidly aged while others have seen a jump in the numbers of working-age people and youth. Our new report suggests how countries can turn these population trends into opportunities for sustainable development.”
The report is a practical guide for development planners and decision makers in governments across Asia and the Pacific. It recommends switching from short-term election cycle priorities to long-term development strategies, and offers a set of “Nine Actions for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific,” tailored to the demographic makeup of each country.
“Given the population challenges in Asia-Pacific, we have to be ambitious, innovative, and deliver at scale if we want to end poverty by 2030,” added Haoliang Xu. “With 58 percent of the world’s people, our region is key to unlocking a sustainable future.”
The report will be launched in partnership with the Government of Bangladesh.
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