Population dynamics has major influence on development processes and on the inclusive and balanced growth and outcomes in future. It includes changes in population growth rates, age structures and distributions of people which are all linked to national and global developmental challenges and their solutions
Much population growth will take place in developing and the LDCs, with high rates of morbidity & mortality and low life expectancy where it will exacerbate poverty and add pressure on the economy, basic health and social services and the environment. In the developed and middle-income countries with low fertility, population numbers are likely to remain stable or even decline. They will experience shrinking working-age populations and rapid population ageing.
The Demographic Window of Opportunity can be turned into a Demographic Dividend if good use is made of the development opportunities it provides. Countries nearing replacement level fertility can benefit from low and still declining dependency ratios. However, additional job seekers must be able to find work and raise the average standards of living, and when faster growth of the working-age population leads to greater savings in the short run and higher investments in human & physical capital and investment per worker in the long run.
It is important to integrate demographic data and projections into development planning, investing in data and research is a critical step to improving our understanding of factors influencing demographic dynamics and reproductive health processes and outcomes among different population groups, education, health, urban rural divide, environment, climate change and other SDG targets. There is where partnership is crucial among the Government, private businesses, CSOs, academics, media and opinion leaders as well as the UN systems.
In support of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, the UNU-IIGH is hosting a seminar by Ms. Marcela Suazo, the UNFPA Representative for Malaysia. UNFPA is one of the UN’s lead agencies working to further gender equality and women’s empowerment, and to address the physical and emotional consequences of gender-based violence. UNFPA’s programmes offer psychosocial assistance, medical treatment and rape kits to survivors, and promote the right of all women and girls to live free of violence and abuse.
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About the speaker:
Ms Marcela Suazo serves as the UNFPA Representative for Malaysia since November 2017. She is also the Country Director for UNFPA Thailand. Before her appointment as the UNFPA Representative to Malaysia, Ms Suazo served as the Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean (2007-2015) and later as the Global Director for South-South Cooperation (2015-2017). She was formerly a Member of Cabinet, Minister of Women’s Affairs and Minister for Family and Children of the Government of Honduras. Ms Suazo holds a M.S.Ed (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Longwood, USA.
United Nations University – International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)
UKM Medical Centre Jalan Yaacob Latiff,
Bandar Tun Razak,