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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
Categories: Population/Carrying Capacity
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.
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