10 The world is aging. The demographic future for the . and the world looks very different than the recent past. Growth from 1950 to 2010 was rapid — the global population nearly tripled, and the . population doubled. However, population growth from 2010 to 2050 is projected to be significantly slower and is expected to tilt strongly to the oldest age groups , both globally and in the . Public opinion on whether the growing number of older people is a problem varies dramatically around the world . Concern is highest in East Asia where large majorities describe aging as a major problem for their countries.
The idea of this theme is to consider how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda , building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals , especially goal number 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; and number 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning. The theme will also focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up initiative , and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights.