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World Population Prospects: 2015 Revision

The world’s population is projected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion by 2050 and exceed 11 billion in 2100, with India expected to surpass China as the most populous around seven years from now and Nigeria overtaking the United States to become the world’s third largest country around 35 years from now, according to a new United Nations report released today. Continue reading

UN Secretary-General’s message to the Commission on Population and Development

Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message to the Commission on Population and Development, delivered by Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, in New York:

I am pleased to send greetings to all participants at this session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development. You meet as the international community strives this year to forge a set of sustainable [development] goals and a meaningful new universal climate agreement. These twin priorities will be influenced by the profound demographic shifts taking place in our world, especially those related to youth, the elderly, urbanization and migration.

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World Population Day

As the world population edged to 7 billion people in 2011 (up from 2.5 billion in 1950), it has had profound implications for development. A world of 7 billion is both a challenge and an opportunity with implications on sustainability, urbanization, access to health services and youth empowerment. Continue reading

Addressing changing household structures in the Pacific

The United Nations Population Fund Pacific Sub-Regional Office (PSRO) has examined the affects of changing household structures and compositions in the region in reference to the the key findings of a global review of how United Nations member states, as signatories to the International Conference of Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action (PoA) have done in implementing provisions of the PoA.

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