Ageing

Iran is among the few countries in the Middle East and South-West Asia that has completed its demographic transition. In light of its major achievements in public and reproductive health, as well as in education, fertility and mortality rates have sharply declined, and population growth has slowed down. The current demographic transition caused a large increase in population at middle age and the older people, leading the country into rapid population ageing.

Iran is among the few countries in the Middle East and South-West Asia that has completed its demographic transition. In light of its major achievements in public and reproductive health, as well as in education, fertility and mortality rates have sharply declined, and population growth has slowed down. The current demographic transition caused a large increase in population at middle age and the older people, leading the country into rapid population ageing.

In this context, the UNFPA Country Office has established strong partnership with the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare and its affilated organization to provide technical support, enhancing national capacities to effectively address rapid population ageing and its implications.

The main objective of the UNFPA Sixth Country Programme (2017-2021) on population ageing is “to support Government of Iran to increase availability of evidence for formulation of social and welfare policies/strategies/action plans to address population ageing and needs of older persons”. 

In order for UNFPA and its national partners to achieve the above-mentioned goals, following strategic interventions are adopted:

  • Technical support to generate knowledge, provide in-depth analysis as well as policy briefs on the situation and trends of population ageing and its implications.
  • Evidence-based advocacy (based on the knowledge generated) for formulation of ageing policies as well as mainstreaming population ageing and related issues into sectoral strategies and action plans.