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Appendix Part I

Of all the world’s regions, the region under the auspices of the UN Economic Com­ mission for Europe is undoubtedly the most diversified and most heterogeneous. It currently spans over 56 countries on three continents - Europe, North America and Asia - reflecting a great variety in political and socio-economic contexts, as well as in the demographic trends and coping capacities of the countries involved to imple­ ment policies designed to address the challenges of population ageing.