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Population Matters

Sri Lanka has the fastest growing ageing population in South Asia and it is projected that by 2030, one in five Sri Lankans will be over the age of 60 with the majority being women. 
Ageing is a triumph of development. People are living longer because of better nutrition, sanitation, health care, education and economic well-being. In order to reap the benefits of this demographic dividend Sri Lanka must invest in forward-thinking, rights-based and gender-sensitive policies that focus on the needs of people at every stage of their life. 

While there is no single comprehensive policy to address population ageing, there is an urgent need to adopt a life-cycle approach with gender equality at its core. UNFPA is advocating for a life-cycle approach that underscores the need for rights-based life-cycle policies to transform perceived demographic challenges into opportunities for all. We are supporting the Government in census activities and using the evidence we produce to advocate for policies that will reap the benefits of the projected demographic dividend while raising awareness on the challenges and opportunities an ageing population presents. It is only when we invest in every stage of  life, that society as a whole, can age with good health, economic safety, and dignity.

As such, UNFPA works to,

- Ensure that demographic trends such as population ageing are highlighted at policy level to inform national and subnational decision making in Sri Lanka
- Provide technical support during all stages of a National census and helps ensure that data is widely utilized and disseminated for development
- Work with policymakers, civil society, healthcare providers and educators at all levels to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights
- Support the Department of Census and Statistics to collect and analyse population data that can help understand population trends.