The eighth billionth person on earth will be born on Tuesday, according to a United Nations prediction.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated in a statement that “the milestone is an occasion to celebrate diversity and accomplishments while considering humanity’s shared responsibility for the planet.”
According to the UN, the increase is attributed to human development, with individuals living longer as a result of advancements in medical, diet, personal hygiene, and public health.
It is also the result of higher fertility rates, particularly in the world’s poorest countries – most of which are in sub-Saharan Africa – putting their development goals at risk.
The current population is more than three times higher than the 2.5 billion global headcounts in 1950.
However, after a peak in the early 1960s, the world’s population growth rate has decelerated dramatically, Rachel Snow of the UN Population Fund told AFP.
Annual growth has fallen from a high of 2.1 percent between 1962 and 1965 to below one percent in 2020.
That could potentially fall further to around 0.5 percent by 2050 due to a continued decline in fertility rates, the UN projects.
The UN projects the population to continue growing to about 8.5 billion in 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050 and peaking around 10.4 billion in the 2080s.
Other groups have, however, calculated different figures.
The US-based Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimated in a 2020 study that the global population would max out by 2064 without ever reaching 10 billion and decline to 8.8 billion by 2100.
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