Ukraine is one of the 30 oldest countries in the world by the proportion of people aged over 60, the Ministry of Social Policy said on Monday, 29 January.
In 2015, 21.8% of Ukrainians were aged over 60 was, while people aged 65 and over accounted for 15.5% of the country's population. According to the national demographic forecast, by 2025 the share of people over 60 will make up 25.0% of the total population, aged 65 and over will account for 18.4%, in 2030 - more than 26% and over 20%, respectively.
In response to these challenges, Ukraine has undertaken international obligations, in particular, the implementation of 17 Sustainable Development Goals for the period until 2030, adopted at the UN Summit in September 2015, and has signed and is implementing the Association Agreement with the EU, the ministry added.
According to recent UN forecasts, the population of Ukraine will decrease from 44.22 million to 36.42 million people by 2050.