Day of 8 billion: World population passes the 8 billion mark

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The world’s population reached 8 billion today – November 15, 2022. The UN had estimated in July that this milestone in human development will be crossed in November 2022.

According to the latest projections from the United Nations, the world’s population could grow to about 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion by 2050 and 10.4 billion by 2100. It is important to note that the world’s population is growing at the slowest rate since 1950, falling to less than one percent by 2020.

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Interestingly, the world’s population took 12 years to grow from 7 to 8 billion, and it will take about 15 years – until 2037 – to reach 9 billion, a sign that the overall rate of global population growth is slowing.

More than half of the projected increase in world population through 2050 will be concentrated in just eight countries: Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and Tanzania.

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According to UN estimates, India will overtake China as the world’s most populous country by 2023.

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Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, said of the milestone: “This is an opportunity to celebrate our diversity, recognize our common humanity and marvel at the advancements in health that have extended lifespan and dramatically reduced maternal and infant mortality.”

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He added: “At the same time, it is a reminder of our shared responsibility to care for our planet and a moment to reflect on where we still fall short of our obligations to each other.”

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