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Updated On: Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Projected Population 11.2 Billion by 2100

Content by: UN DESA

30 June 2015, New York, USA | South-South News – To better shape the Post-Development Agenda, population trends are key to assessing resources, fiscal planning and structural investments.

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs studied the size and character of previous and current global populations to determine the projected growth of future inhabitants. Main contributing factors to the data include demographics, population ageing and life expectancy.


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Understanding the demographic changes that are likely to unfold over the coming years, as well as the challenges and opportunities that they present for achieving sustainable development, is important for designing and implementing the post-2015 development agenda.

The 2015 Revision of World Population Prospects is the twenty-fourth round of official United Nations population estimates and projections that have been prepared by the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat. The 2015 Revision builds on the previous revision by incorporating additional results from the 2010 round of national population censuses as well as findings from recent specialized demographic and health surveys that have been carried out around the world.

The 2015 Revision provides the demographic data and indicators to assess population trends at the global, regional and national levels and to calculate many other key indicators commonly used by the United Nations system. Snapshot of global population in 2015 According to the results of the 2015 Revision, the world population reached 7.3 billion as of mid- 2015 (table 1), implying that the world has added approximately one billion people in the span of the last twelve years.

Sixty per cent of the global population lives in Asia (4.4 billion), 16 per cent in Africa (1.2 billion), 10 per cent in Europe (738 million), 9 per cent in Latin America and the Caribbean (634 million), and the remaining 5 per cent in Northern America (358 million) and Oceania (39 million). China (1.4 billion) and India (1.3 billion) remain the two largest countries of the world, both with more than 1 billion people, representing 19 and 18 per cent of the world's population, respectively.

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