Population matters

The decision that couples make on if, when and how many children to have will invariably determine the size of a country’s population. The access and quality of maternal healthcare, socio-economic factors such as gender-equality and the potential of youth to make informed decisions are factors that determine population trends.

Sri Lanka is currently facing a demographic transition, with a rapidly ageing population, and by 2030, 1 in 5 people in Sri Lanka will be above the age of 60.

The decision that couples make on if, when and how many children to have will invariably determine the size of a country’s population. The access and quality of maternal healthcare, socio-economic factors such as gender-equality and the potential of youth to make informed decisions are factors that determine population trends.

 

Sri Lanka is currently facing a demographic transition, with a rapidly ageing population, and by 2030, 1 in 5 people in Sri Lanka will be above the age of 60.

UNFPA is the lead agency driving data for strengthened policies and decision-making within the UN system in Sri Lanka.

In order to ensure that no one is left behind, UNFPA plays a pivotal role in:

- Ensuring that demographic trends such as population ageing are highlighted at policy level to inform national and subnational decision making in Sri Lanka

- Providing technical support during all stages of a National census and helps ensure that data is widely utilized and disseminated for development

- Working with policymakers, civil society, healthcare providers and educators at all levels to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights