The global population surpasses 8 billion

Today, November 15, 2022, 8 billion people live in the world. The UN had predicted that this turning point in human development would be reached in November 2022 back in July.

The United Nations’ most recent estimates indicate that the world’s population may increase to about 8.5 billion people in 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050, and 10.4 billion in 2100. It is significant to remember that the rate of global population growth has slowed to less than 1% by 2020, the lowest level since 1950.

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

More than half of the expected growth in the world’s population between now and 2050 will happen in just eight countries: Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Tanzania.

According to estimates from the UN, India will pass China as the country with the most people in 2023.

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Speaking about the milestone, Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General, said, “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.”

He further 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 commitments to one another.”

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