18 May 2012

A new science of population
The Economist - UK
The biggest question raised by the new research is whether the world is converging demographically or diverging towards disparate futures. The UN, whose population division is the source of much basic demographic material, thinks the world is converging towards the “replacement rate” of fertility; this is 2.1, the magic number that stabilises populations over the long term. ,…(19 May 2012)

07 May 2012

An unfortunate misdiagnosis of our socio-economic challenges
The Independent - Uganda
Urbanisation is another major challenge for Uganda before it makes 75 years. According to the United Nations Population Division, World Urbanisation Prospects 2009, Kampala is one of the 20 fastest growing cities in the world. Kampala’s population will double in the next 15 years. All this population explosion and urbanisation creates an urgent need for infrastructure, oil, energy, water systems, railways, housing, education facilities etc. These are the issues that should be at the center of debate and discourse in the Parliament, mainstream media and civil society forums. …(6 May 2012)

04 May 2012

Philippine Senate expected to pass own version of rewards for 100-year-old Filipinos
Gulf News - UAE
About 455,000 people worldwide have reached one hundred, according to the 2009 report of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Population Division. The number of centenarians worldwide is expected to reach 4.1 million by 2050. Sixty nine percent of centenarians live in the more developed regions," the UN report said, adding that Japan's 76,000 people aged one hundred in 2009 will reach almost 800,000 in 2050. ,…(31 March 2012)
Asian and African Urban Population Boom to Pose Challenges - UN
International Business Times - UK
The growth in urban population in Asia and Africa for the next four decades would pose new challenges in terms of jobs, housing and infrastructure, according to a UN report released on Thursday, 5 April 2012. Africa and Asia together will account for 86 per cent of world's urban population over the next four decades, according to the 2011 Revision of the World Urbanization Prospects, produced by the UN Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)....(6 April 2012)
UN tips Africa, Asia to lead population growth
The Nation - Nigeria
United Nations report has said that Africa and Asia together would account for 86 per cent of all growth in the world’s urban population over the next four decades.''This unprecedented increase will pose new challenges in terms of jobs, housing and infrastructure,'' said the report, entitled: ``2011 Revision of the World Urbanisation Prospects. It was produced by the UN Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).''Africa’s urban population will increase from 414 million to more than 1.2 billion by 2050, while that of Asia will soar from 1.9 billion to 3.3 billion,'' ,…(6 April 2012)
China’s Achilles heel
The Economist - UK
According to the UN’s population division, the nationwide fertility rate will continue to decline, reaching 1.51 in 2015-20. In contrast, America’s fertility rate is 2.08 and rising. The difference between 1.56 and 2.08 does not sound large. But over the long term it has a huge impact on society. Between now and 2050 China’s population will fall slightly, from 1.34 billion in 2010 to just under 1.3 billion in 2050. ... (21 April 2012)
How Malawi fed its own people, by Jeffrey Sachs
New York Times - US
A dozen years ago, at the start of the new millennium, Malawi’s extreme suffering was pretty much ignored by the world. AIDS, malaria, TB, hunger, extreme poverty and one of the world’s lowest life expectancies (46 years in the period 1995-2000, according to the U.N. Population Division) wracked the land.,…(19 April 2012)

02 May 2012

The rights of older people
Pakistan Observer - Pakistan
According to the UN Population Division, during the next 45 years, the number of people aged 60 years or older is expected to almost triple, increasing from 668 million in 2005 to nearly 2.03 billion by 2050, This proportional increase by almost 80% during the next four decades will be a demographic fact, sooner than most of us realise. At the same time, the number of “older old” persons (here defined as 80 years and over) in the developed world will reach unprecedented levels.…(1 May 2012)
Investing in population growth
Money Management - Australia
According to the UN’s Population Division, we are living through a period of population ageing that is “without parallel in the history of humanity”.This process is a result of the combined effects of declining fertility and falling mortality rates.Although population ageing is both a pervasive and irreversible reality in nearly all countries of the world, the trend is significantly stronger in more developed countries – the proportion of people aged 60 and over in developed countries is expected to rise to a third of the total in 2050, from around a fifth today....(20 April 2012)
Why you should take notice of the retirement phenomenon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - Philippines
Elderly spending, particularly on the property sector, has been on the rise, fueled mostly by maturing life savings and retirement benefits. But the retirement demographic doesn’t even involve merely the elderly. There have been also younger individuals who plan to retire soon and invest in properties at the same time. These retirees, whether of “retirable age” or still in the peak of their productive years, are meticulously choosing the places they want to settle into and invest in. This is most evident among the first and second generation of Filipino-American professionals or active retirees who have decided to come home to the Philippines for good. It is a phenomenon, however, that is not exclusive to the Philippines. The over-60 population worldwide is expected to triple by 2050, according to projections by the United Nations Population Division.…(27 April 2012)
Nigeria’s population to increase by 200m in 40 years - UN
Nigerian Tribune - Nigeria
A recent report from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) ahead of next month’s Rio+20 summit, disclosed that it is from Africa and Asia that 86 per cent of all growth in the world’s urban population over the next four decades will come from. (...) Over all on continental levels, Africa’s urban population will increase from 414 million to over 1.2 billion by 2050 while that of Asia will soar from 1.9 billion to 3.3 billion, according to the 2011 Revision of the World Urbanisation Prospects, produced by the UN Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs.…(2 May 2012)

21 November 2011

Children's condition - Wither demographic dividend?
Business Standard - India

India and the international community have been talking about the demographic dividend that India should reap until mid-century. United Nations Population Division data indeed reveal that the share of the working age group of 15-64 years in total population will grow in South Asia until 2040, in some until 2045, and in Afghanistan until 2075. The challenge is to convert this population into productive citizens through nutrition and education. ,…(21 November 2011)

14 November 2011

Is world population a problem or opportunity?
Shreveport Times - USA

There are some very real macro issues in play that deserve some of your attention. One of those was brought to light recently by the U.N. population division when it announced that the world population is now at 7 billion. That's up from 2.5 billion in 1950. To put 7 billion people into perspective, if we all stood shoulder to shoulder we would cover about 650 square miles. That's about the size of the country of Zanzibar.,…(12 November 2011)
The end of population growth
Cyprus Mail - Cyprus

According to the United Nations’ Population Division, the world’s human population hit seven billion on October 31. As always happens whenever we approach such a milestone, this one has produced a spike in conferences, seminars, and learned articles, including the usual dire Malthusian predictions. After all, the UN forecasts that world population will rise to 9.3 billion in 2050 and surpass 10 billion by the end of this century.,…(13 November 2011)

11 November 2011

A milestone we should be proud of
Oxford Student - UK

Demographic studies also show that fertility rates are in decline across 80 percent of the world, widely attributed to the trend towards urbanisation. Over half of the world’s population now lives in cities, where the economic benefit of having children is trifling. China’s one child policy, however disagreeable, has also contributed to the low fertility pattern. As a result, the United Nations Population Division predicts that the number of infants will begin to contract significantly in the next decade. ...(11 November 2011)

08 November 2011

What is the significance of 7 billion people living on our planet?
Sunday's Zaman - Turkey
Gerhard Heilig, chief of the population estimates and projections section of the UN Population Division, told The New York Times last Monday that “no one can know the exact number of people on the globe.” He stated that a margin of error of approximately 1 percent usually exists in such population calculations. This usually results in a significant difference, and thus Monday’s representation of the 7 billionth human on the planet is merely a symbolic public campaign. However, this population figure will certainly breach in the future, if the official projections are to be believed. What are the consequences of this greater number of people? There has been quite a bit of concern amongst several sectors of the media regarding the threat of over-population and its grave consequences for global food security and conflict. But is this really a threat? Population is tied to economic, political, environmental and cultural factors. It is certainly not a simple phenomenon.,…(6 November 2011)

04 November 2011

Today, you are one of 7 billion people
Detroit Free Press - USA

Demographers at the United Nations Population Division set Oct. 31, 2011, as the symbolic date for hitting 7 billion, while acknowledging that it's impossible to know for sure the specific time or day. Using slightly different calculations, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the 7 billion threshold will not be reached until March.,…(1 November 2011)
All the benefits of a small town, none of the baggage
Turlock Journal - USA

According to the United Nations’ Population Division, the world’s human population hit seven billion on Oct. 31. Locally, we have also seen a jump in population — although not quite as drastic — with over 70,000 people inhabiting Turlock today, compared to just 13,992 in 1970. ,…(1 November 2011)
Nigeria Now World’s 6th Most Populous Country
PM News - Nigeria

At 167 million people, Nigeria is currently ranked the sixth largest population in the world. This follows a report that the world’s population officially hit seven billion on Monday. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged world leaders to meet the challenges that a growing population poses. NAN Correspondents at the UN report that Nigeria’s population is projected to increase from 390 million in 2050 to 730 million by 2100.
According to recent estimates by the UN Population Division by 2100 Nigeria will be the third most populous country in the world, next to India and China. ,…(1 November 2011)
Could 7 billion people live in a Texas-sized city?
SmartPlanet - USA
Hania Zlotnik, the director of the Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs cautions against assuming too easy a definition because governments and urban areas themselves define “city” in numerous ways and their boundaries can shift, sometimes for political, demographic or economic reasons. Metropolitan areas spreading over large territory are absorbing or overtaking compact cities.,…(1 November 2011)
UN highlights food allocation difficulties
Austrian Independedent - Austria

The United Nations (UN) said that the seventh million human was born last Monday. The head of the organisation’s population division, Gerhard Heilig, said his department expected the world population to decline after it reached 10 billion in 2100. "Such a development will only happen if the birth rate shrinks dramatically in Africa and Asia," he told profil. Heilig added that there would be 27 billion people in the world in 2100 if fertility rates kept developing in unchanged manner. ,…(2 November 2011)

[Note: Mr. Heilig is the chief of the Population Estimates and Projections Section of the Population Division, not the head of the Population Division as indicated in the above article.]
Humanity hits the seven billion mark: how to deal
The Phoenix - USA

October 31, 2011 wasn’t just another Halloween — it was also a day chosen by the United Nations Population Division to symbolically mark the birth of the seven billionth person. Yet even more frightening: it is predicted that we will hit the eight billion mark in 14 years. ...(3 November 2011)
Price protection is needed
Agri-view - USA
The announcement on Oct. 31 by the United Nations Population Division that the Earth will have its 7 billionth person is certainly something to think about for livestock and grain producers. Of course there will be many swings in demand for agricultural commodities, but over the long run the demand to feed the world will grow. Decades from now it will be interesting to see if the demand and the supply of meat can keep up the pace with the growing population.,…(3 November 2011)
7 billion people and you: FAQs
BBC News - UK

Where did you get the information from? The data is provided by the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the United Nations, which prepares demographic estimates and projections for all countries and areas of the world. Their data serves as a consistent set of global population figures and may differ from your country's own figures. The latest data is found in the UN Population Division's 2010 Revision of the World Population Prospects, released on 3 May 2011. The division issues a new revision every two years. The next one is due in the first half of 2013.
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25 October 2011

Why population hysteria is more damaging than it seems
The Guardian - UK

Today, according to the UN's population division, 42% of the world's population lives in countries with fertility at below replacement level. Another 40% are in intermediate fertility countries, where people are replacing themselves. And the remaining 18% are living in countries with high fertility, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, where women may be having five or more children on average.…(24 October 2011)