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More Must Be Done To Support Aging Population, Especially In Developing Countries, Ban Says

“‘People around the world are living longer, healthier lives, thanks to advances in health and well-being,’ [U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon] said in a video message to the opening on Sunday of the 20th World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics in Seoul, Republic of Korea,” and he “urged greater efforts to support the needs of older people, particularly in developing countries,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “By 2050, 80 percent of the world’s older people will live in developing countries and the population over 60 years old will be larger than the population under 15, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA),” the news service writes. “In his message, Mr. Ban called for full implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Aging,” which “focuses on three priority areas: older persons and development; advancing health and well-being into old age; and ensuring enabling and supportive environments,” the news service notes (6/24).