World pop­u­la­tion to pass 11 bil­lion by 2100

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THE WORLD pop­u­la­tion is ex­pected to reach 8.6 bil­lion in 2030, and to hit 9.8 bil­lion by 2050, de­spite nearly uni­ver­sal lower fer­til­ity rates, ac­cord­ing to the UN.

The global pop­u­la­tion is now at least 7.6 bil­lion, up from 7.4 bil­lion last year, spurred by the rel­a­tively high lev­els of fer­til­ity in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

This is de­spite an over­all drop in the num­ber of chil­dren peo­ple have around the globe.

The con­cen­tra­tion of global pop­u­la­tion growth is in the poor­est coun­tries, pre­sent­ing a chal­lenge as the world seeks to im­ple­ment the 2030 Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Agenda, aimed to end poverty and pre­serve the planet, the re­port said.

“With roughly 83 mil­lion peo­ple be­ing added to the world’s pop­u­la­tion ev­ery year, the up­ward trend in pop­u­la­tion size is ex­pected to con­tinue, even as­sum­ing that fer­til­ity lev­els will con­tinue to de­cline,” said the UN Depart­ment of Eco­nomic and So­cial Af­fairs, which pro­duces the UN re­port.

At this rate, the world pop­u­la­tion is ex­pected to reach 8.6 bil­lion in 2030, 9.8 bil­lion in 2050 and sur­pass 11.2 bil­lion in 2100, it said. Xin­hua

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