The world’s population is expected to reach eight billion on November 15, according to the UN forecast on Monday July 11 in a report that India will overtake China as the world’s most populous country in 2023.
This global demographic milestone “is a reminder of our shared responsibility to care for our planet and a time to reflect on where we are still falling short of our commitments to each other,” Secretary General Antonio Guterres said, without saying. cite details.
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“This is a time to celebrate our diversity, recognize our common humanity, and marvel at the advances in health that have extended lifespans and dramatically reduced maternal and child mortality rates,” he said. he adds.
According to forecasts by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the world’s population is growing at its slowest rate since 1950.
It is expected to reach 8.5 billion in 2030 and 9.7 billion in 2050, peaking at around 10.4 billion people in the 2080s before stabilizing at this level until 2100.
While a sharp drop in birth rates is seen in several developing countries, more than half of the projected increase in world population over the next few decades will be concentrated in eight countries, according to the report.
These are the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and Tanzania.