Expert Group Meeting on the Proposed Regional Action Plan to Implement the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Ageing: Empowering Older Persons in ASEAN
Population ageing is one of the mega-trends affecting sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region as a whole as well as in South-East Asia. In South-East Asia, older persons are currently the fastest growing population cohort, growing at around 5 per cent a year. It is estimated that by 2030 there will be nearly 20 million more people aged 60 and over in the region. While some countries in the ASEAN region have already moved to aged societies, other countries are still primarily young but are expected to be rapidly ageing in the next few decades.
There are already several action plans and declarations on population ageing at the global and regional levels (a) Adopted in 2015, the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Ageing: Empowering Older Persons in ASEAN recommends actions to promote “healthy, active, and productive ageing”, seeking to strengthen older persons and their families, and (b) The 2002 Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, takes a development approach on population ageing and covers areas such as older persons and development, health and well-being, and ensuring an enabling environment for older persons.
ASEAN countries have consistently placed a premium on promoting the rights and welfare of older persons in the region. This is evidenced by the high-level political commitment of the ASEAN Leaders reflected in the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Active Ageing: Empowering Older Persons in ASEAN (2015). Among others, the meeting seeks to discuss and deliberate on specific provisions of a draft regional action plan to implement the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Ageing: Empowering Older Persons in ASEAN.