UNECE (UN Economic Commission for Europe)

Agenda Item: Addressing the implications of population ageing on sustainable development

Under-Secretary-General: Buğra Nayir (bugra.nayir@ozu.edu.tr)

Academic Assistant: Müge Sinem Aksoy

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) was set up in 1947 by ECOSOC. It is one of five regional commissions of the United Nations. As a multilateral platform, UNECE facilitates pan-European economic integration and cooperation among its member countries and promotes sustainable development and economic prosperity. It contributes to enhancing the effectiveness of the United Nations through the regional implementation of outcomes of global UN conferences and summits. It gives focus to the UN global mandates in the economic field, in cooperation with other global players and key stakeholders, notably the business community.

Population ageing is one of the single most important phenomena of our time, bringing wide-ranging challenges and opportunities. By 2050, about one in every four persons in the UNECE region will be over the age of 65. Population ageing affects almost all aspects of society. The transformative change required to adapt societies to the implications of population ageing and individual longevity cannot be achieved without a whole-of-government and whole-of-society effort. UNECE will work to implement the United Nations’ policy framework on ageing in an attempt to ensure sustainable development in the region.

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