09 May 2011

Demography and Destiny
Council on Foreign Relations - USA
This week, the United Nations Population Division released new projections for the world’s population. Since they were last done in 2008, the UN’s projections have been revised upwards: fertility rates are just not falling as fast as earlier predicted. The new report says that by 2050, the world will mostly likely have 9.3 billion people, up from around seven billion this year. This is an increase of 156 million people over the UN’s last estimate for global population in 2050. (...) Demography is not destiny, but the UN projections hold important implications for economic growth, security, and leadership in the twenty-first century. (6 May 2011)

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