2019 International Meeting on Technology for Ageing in East and North-East Asia
As the continued improvement of living standards has increased life expectancy, along with the sharp decline in fertility, population is ageing rapidly in East and North-East Asia (ENEA). Our estimates suggest that the number of older persons aged 65 and above in this subregion is expected to increase from 200 million in 2015 to more than 300 million in 2030. Three countries within the subregion are particularly noteworthy, China has the largest population of older persons in the world, Japan has the highest percentage of older persons in the world, and the Republic of Korea has the highest rate of population ageing in the world.
Population ageing presents significant economic and social challenges. The problem of shrinking labor force is commonly faced by ENEA countries. The demand for social services, such as health services and social protection, will also increase as society ages. In this regard, the utilization of technology and innovation could help improve the convenience and accuracy of ageing services and satisfy the diversified demands by older persons, while at the same time reduce costs. In addition, technologies can prolong economically active age of older persons, providing income earning opportunities for them while complementing the shrinking labour force.
Against this backdrop, China National Committee on Ageing (CNCA), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Renmin University of China (RUC) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will jointly organize a meeting to facilitate experiences and practices sharing on the use of technology for ageing in the subregion, and to discuss and make relevant recommendations. The meeting will also help identify specific areas for further research and regional collaboration.