The budding ageing population challenges

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Older persons

The United Nations says there are approximately 810 million persons aged 60 years or more in the world in 2012 and by 2050, this number is projected to grow to more than two billion. Asia has more than half, 55 per cent, of the world's older persons, followed by Europe, which accounts for 21 per cent of the total. Beng Poblete-Enriquez has more.

A young activist on driving change

Harrison Chung Wing-fung

Harrison Chung Wing-fung, a young activist from Hong Kong, is a volunteer with UNICEF's Young Envoy's Club. This club is a youth-led organization funded and supported by the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF. Harrison heads to college in the fall but meanwhile, he is working to build bridges between different communities. UNICEF's Alex Goldmark asked him if it was easy to make change as a young person.

Cell phone gives instant access to money sent from abroad

Cell phone

Each year, migrant workers send more than $450 billion in remittances to their families back home. Half of this amount goes to rural areas where it is often difficult and expensive for the families to collect the money. The Philippines has over 10 million migrant workers who send home over $20 billion a year. But how does the money reach their families in remote rural areas when three quarters of Filipinos do not have bank accounts? Well, what every Filipino does have is a mobile phone and now there is an innovative system that turns the cell phone into a mobile wallet, giving rural people instant access to the money sent to them from abroad. This feature was produced by Joanne Levitan from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Presenter: Beng Poblete-Enriquez
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"

Filed under UN Calling Asia.
UN Radio Daily News Programme
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Updated at 1800 GMT, Monday to Friday
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