UN Secretary-General’s message to the Commission on Population and Development

April 15, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

UN Secretary-General’s message to the Commission on Population and Development

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(Message was delivered by Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, in New York).

I am pleased to send greetings to all participants at this session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development. You meet as the international community strives this year to forge a set of sustainable [development] goals and a meaningful new universal climate agreement. These twin priorities will be influenced by the profound demographic shifts taking place in our world, especially those related to youth, the elderly, urbanization and migration.

Our world now has the largest generation of young people in history. Countries experiencing a ‘youth bulge’ can reap a demographic dividend by optimizing conditions for youth to thrive. This requires enhancing education for both girls and boys, ensuring access to sexual and reproductive health care, and creating more decent jobs.

With persons aged 60 and older comprising the fastest growing age group, workforces are shrinking and populations are greying. We must forge societies where older persons can contribute to the fullest and enjoy the social protections they deserve.

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