The Global AgeWatch Index shows that nations are not working quickly enough to cope with a population graying faster than ever before. By the year 2050, seniors over the age of 60 will outnumber children under the age of 15 for the first time in history.
The United Nations says international treaties protect its office and all diplomatic missions from interference, spying and eavesdropping, but it is not directly commenting on reports that the U.S. hacked U.N. internal communications.
Syria reached an agreement with the United Nations on Sunday to allow a U.N. team of experts to visit the site of alleged chemical weapons attacks last week outside Damascus, state media said.
The United Nations forecast Thursday that the world’s population will increase from 7.2 billion today to 8.1 billion in 2025, with most growth in developing countries and more than half in Africa. By 2050, it will reach 9.6 billion.
The United States said Sunday that it will double its non-lethal assistance to Syria’s opposition as the rebels’ top supporters vowed to enhance and expand their backing of the two-year battle to oust President Bashar Assad’s regime.