United Nations: World Population Prospects 2019 Highlights

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Media Type: Article - Foundational

Publication Info: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Date of Publication: June 2019

Author(s): Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs


Within little more than a decade there are likely to be around 8.5 billion people on earth, and almost 10 billion by 2050, compared to 7.7 billion today. A small number of countries will account for most of the increase. While some countries continue to grow rapidly, others are seeing their populations decline. At the same time, the world is growing older, as global life expectancy continues to rise and the fertility level continues to fall. Such changes in the size and distribution of the world’s population have important consequences for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ensuring that no one is left behind.

Read the 10 key findings of the United Nations report here.

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  • Greeley Miklashek

    “…as global life expectancy continues to rise…” is the direct result of modern medical technology sustaining our lives in spite of the rapidly rising rates of the “diseases of civilization” worldwide. 55% of American adults have one or more chronic health conditions already. 1/8 men and 1/8 women can expect to suffer from prostate cancer or breast cancer, respectively, in our lifetimes in America. 1/3 entering college freshmen and 1/4 adult American women are taking antidepressants. America’s current healthcare cost is $3.6T, but is projected to be $5.9T by 2040, and, in spite of the UN’s willful ignorance, the same trend is worldwide. All of the projections in this report are spurious and probably intentionally so, for, if people really knew what is happening to our health due to population density stress, let alone what we can expect in the near future, a hue and cry would arise for contraception and one-child families to prevent catastrophe. The UN’s projections are just bunk and you’ll have to look elsewhere for the truth. Stress R Us