World population to hit 8 billion this year – UN – RT World News

The UN secretary-general hailed the progress of humanity but recalled that it is still “at risk”

The world’s population is expected to hit the eight billion mark by mid-November this year, with India expected to overtake China next year as the most populous country, according to the United Nations.

A UN report released on Monday projects that the world’s population could reach around 8.5 billion in 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050 and 10.4 billion in 2100.

According to the UN, the world’s population is growing partly because of falling mortality, with global life expectancy reaching 72.8 years in 2019, almost nine years more than in 1990. , the organization said the pace of growth is gradually slowing.

The report – titled “World Population Prospects 2022” – also predicts that population will grow unevenly around the world, with just eight developing countries accounting for more than half of the projected growth. The countries concerned are the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and Tanzania.

The release date coincided with World Population Day. In his message to the occasion, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres hailed the achievements of humanity. At the same time, he noted that the milestone of eight billion “is a reminder of our shared responsibility to take care of our planet”, adding that the Covid-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, wars and humanitarian disasters had shown that the world is “in danger.”

Guterres said the world is still plagued by vast gender inequalities and violations of women’s rights.

“Reaching a global population of eight billion is a numerical milestone, but we still need to focus on people,” he reiterated.

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