World Population Set To Reach 11 Billion

UN report shows that Nigeria and Tanzania are among the fastest growing countries in the world.


Today, 11th July, is World Population Day. World Population Day is a day set aside the by the United Nations to highlight population issues in our world. The first World Population Day took place in 1990. Since then, the global population has increased by about 2.5 billion, rising from a little over 5 billion in 1990 to 7.6 billion today. The world population is expected to rise further in the coming years.

On June 21st, the United Nations (UN) released world population projections for the coming decades. The report states that the current world population is 7.6 billion. This is expected to rise to 8.6 billion by 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion at the turn of the next century in 2100.

China currently has the largest population in the world, followed by India. The two together account for almost one fifth of the entire population on earth. The authors of the paper note that India is expected to overtake China by 2024 while Nigeria is set to become the third most populous country by 2050, overtaking the United States of America.

The report also projects that over half of the world's population growth between now and 2050 will be concentrated in Africa. Tanzania is one of these countries which is set to experience a population surge in the next three decades. The authors of the paper warn that these countries may experience increased pressure on their health and education systems while they also called on Governments worldwide to continue to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Click here to read the report in full.

Click here to visit the Care of the Earth section of the OLA website.

Click here for more on the work of the OLA Sisters in Tanzania.

Click here to visit the website of the of the Nigerian OLA Province.


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