UN, April 18. /TASS/. The share of elderly people in Russia has reached 25% of the entire population, Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova said during a session of a UN General Assembly’s working group on aging.
"Forecasts say that by 2050, for the first time in the entire history of humankind, the number of people aged 60 years or older will exceed the number of children, reaching 2 billion people, which is over 20% of the global population," she said. "Russia is no exception. The number of elderly people in our country has reached 25% of the population and now stands at 37 million people."
Moskalkova informed the session about measures taken by the Russian government to increase life expectancy.
"According to expert estimates, the average life expectancy worldwide is 67 years," she said. "In Russia, this figure now stands at 73. As a result of the ‘Healthcare’ national project, it should increase by five years in 2024."
She said Russia has been carrying out "consistent policy of creating conditions for decent life and free development of all groups of the population."
"Elderly people hold a special place in the state’s social policy," she said.