The world is expected to reach 8 billion people on November 15, 2022

New York, July 11. 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The world’s population is expected to reach 8 billion on November 15, 2022, according to the World Population Prospects 2022, released today by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Reaching this milestone is both a cause for celebration and a call for humanity to find solutions to the challenges we face.

The challenges facing humanity are acute: generation-defining issues, such as climate change, conflict and COVID-19, disproportionately affect the most marginalized and vulnerable among us. To this day, millions of people continue to live in poverty and suffer from hunger and malnutrition, lack access to health care and social protection and are unable to complete primary education and quality secondary. Around the world, women are still denied the fundamental right to make decisions about their bodies and their future, and we are witnessing a worrying setback in progress on women’s rights in many countries.

Despite these challenges, the story behind 8 billion and how we got here is a story of triumph. We have reduced poverty and made remarkable progress in health care. There are more of us than ever, as humans, in part because of longer life expectancies and lower infant and maternal mortality.

“This is a success story, not a doomsday scenario. Our world, despite its challenges, is one where a greater proportion of people are educated and live healthier lives than at any other time in history,” said UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem. “Focusing exclusively on population totals and growth rates misses the point – and often leads to coercive and counterproductive measures and the erosion of human rights. In fact, people are the solution, not the problem. Experience shows that investing in people, in their rights and choices, is the path to peaceful, prosperous and sustainable societies.

As November 2022 approaches, UNFPA will work with partners and communities to harness the power of 8 billion as part of its mission to achieve the goals set out in the ICPD Program of Action in 1994. protecting the rights and choices of all people to live healthy and independent lives, humanity holds the key to unleashing the limitless potential of people around the world to address the challenges that threaten their societies and the global issues that place us all in danger.

We are not alone on this journey – there are many examples of solidarity and individual heroism, and we must all work together to fight poverty, discrimination, violence and exclusion and other barriers that deprive millions of people around the world of their rights and choices.

This moment calls for both vision and action. Governments can pursue people-centred population policies with sexual and reproductive health and rights at the heart of their concerns. The private sector can develop creative solutions, harnessing the power of innovation and technology for global good. Artists and creatives around the world can apply their ingenuity and talent to inspire us and help us imagine the promise of a world of 8 billion people.

Collectively, we represent endless possibilities for action, growth and change. Creating a fairer and more sustainable world requires inspiring the world to move forward towards equal rights and opportunities for everyone – and for all.

Key findings from the 2022 World Population Prospects:

  1. The world population is expected to peak at around 10.4 billion during the 2080s and remain at this level until 2100.
    • It took about 12 years to go from 7 to 8 billion, about the same time as from 6 to 7 billion. The next billion is expected to take about 14.5 years (2037).
  2. Half of the 8th billion added to the world’s population is the result of Asia’s demographic expansion. Africa made the second largest contribution (nearly 400 million).
    • 10 countries contributed more than half of the population growth, rising from 7th to 8th billion. India was by far the biggest contributor, followed by China and Nigeria.
    • Africa and Asia will be the engines of population growth until the 9th billion is reached in 2037.
  3. Today, two-thirds of the world’s population live in a country or region where lifetime fertility is less than 2.1 births per woman (also known as replacement fertility).
    • Global life expectancy at birth reached 72.8 years in 2019, an improvement of nearly 9 years since 1990. But in 2021, life expectancy in least developed countries was 7 years behind compared to the world average.
    • In many developing countries, the share of the working-age population (between 25 and 64) has increased.

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UNFPA is the United Nations agency for sexual and reproductive health. UNFPA’s mission is to create a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA calls for the realization of reproductive rights for all and supports access to a wide range of sexual and reproductive health services, including voluntary family planning, quality maternal health care and comprehensive sex education.


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