U.N. estimates global population to surpass 8 billion by November 2022

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The United Nations (U.N.) has recently estimated that the global population will surpass 8 billion on November 15, and India will take over China as the world's most populous nation by next year.

As per a report released recently on World Population Day, the U.N. said that the population growth fell below 1% in 2020 for the first time since 1950.

The U.N. estimates that the worldwide population is projected to grow to about 8.5 billion in 2030, around 9.7 billion in 2050 and is expected to reach 10.4 billion in 2080.

Although it is projected that the population will stay at that level until 2100.

Based on the report, more than half of the population increase up to 2050 will occur in 8 countries, namely Congo, India, Egypt, Nigeria, the Philippines, Pakistan, Ethiopia, and Tanzania.

The World Population Prospects 2022 report now puts the world's population at 7.942 billion, and as per the forecasts during mid-November, it will reach 8 billion.

Director of the U.N. Population Division, John Wilmoth, at a news conference, said that November 15th is the date on which the population will cross 8 billion. However, he noted that this is not the actual date, and the uncertainty is at least a year plus or minus.

Nevertheless, Antonio Guterres, the U.N. Secretary-General, called the year 2022 a momentous year with the birth of the Earth's eighth billionth inhabitant.

He further said that this is an occasion where diversity must be celebrated, common humanity must be recognized and admire the advancement in health that has prolonged lifespans and significantly reduced maternal and child mortality rates.

At the same time, it reminds about the mutual responsibility for caring about the planet and a moment for overcoming the issues where it is still short of commitments to one another.

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