UN: Global Population Nears 8 Billion People

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced that the total number of the world’s population is expected to hit the eight billion mark in November of this year.

As part of Guterres’ message for World Population Day, the UN official said that the world’s population will surpass eight billion on November 15, and will also mark the day India overtakes China as the world’s most populous nation.

“This is an occasion to celebrate our diversity, recognize our common humanity, and marvel at advancements in health that have extended lifespans and dramatically reduced maternal and child mortality rates,” said Guterres.

According to the UN’s latest projection, the world’s population should reach 8.5 billion in 2030 and 9.7 billion in 2050 before reaching a peak of roughly 10.4 billion in the 2080s and staying there until 2100.

A majority of the projected population growth is concentrated in eight countries, namely the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Tanzania.

Due to recent declines in birth rates, the UN also expects that the percentage of the world’s population aged 65 and older would increase from 10 percent in 2022 to 16 percent in 2050.

The UN also claimed that one of the factors influencing population change is the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Guterres expressed that the global community should “Work together towards greater equality and solidarity to ensure that our planet can support our needs and those of future generations.”

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