World Economic and Social Survey 2007: Development in an Ageing World "World Economic and Social Survey 2007: Development in an Ageing World" was released by the Division of Development Policy and Analysis of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. World Economic and Social Survey 2007: Development in an Ageing World "World Economic and Social Survey 2007: Development in an Ageing World" was released by the Division of Development Policy and Analysis of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. World Economic and Social Survey 2007: Development in an Ageing World

The research "World Economic and Social Survey 2007: Development in an Ageing World" was released by the Division of Development Policy and Analysis of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

The 2007 Survey analyses the implications of population ageing for social and economic development around the world, while recognizing that it offers both challenges and opportunities. Among the most pressing issues is that arising from the prospect of a smaller labour force having to support an increasingly larger older population. Paralleling increased longevity are the changes in intergenerational relationships that may affect the provision of care and income security for older persons, particularly in developing countries where family transfers play a major role. At the same time, it is also necessary for societies to fully recognize and better harness the productive and social contributions that older persons can make but are in many instances prevented from making.

The Survey argues that the challenges are not insurmountable, but that societies everywhere need to put in place the policies required to confront
those challenges effectively and to ensure an adequate standard of living for each of their members, while respecting and promoting the contribution
and participation of all.

The WESS 2007 is immediately available in electronic form the website of the Division of Development Policy and Analysis at: http://www.un.org/esa/policy/wess/ where the overview of the WESS 2007 is available in Russian and English as well as Arabic, Chinese, French, and Spanish. It can also be purchased on the website as a print publication.

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