The United Nations latest projections suggest that the world’s population might hit eight billion by November 15 this year.
This was revealed on its website in commemoration of the World Population Day, observed on July 11 every year to raise awareness on global population issues.
The UN states that 15th November, 2022, is predicted to be the day that the global population would reach eight billion.
In an article posted on its website titled ‘A world of 8 billion: Towards a resilient future for all – Harnessing opportunities and ensuring rights and choices for all’, the UN report says the fertility rates has fallen markedly in recent decades for many countries as two-thirds of the global population lives in a country or area where lifetime fertility is below 2.1 births per woman.
The UN also projected that by 2030, the world population could grow to around 8.5 billion, and 9.7 billion in 2050, before reaching a peak of around 10.4 billion people during the 2080s.
The projection also revealed that India is on course to surpass China as the world’s most populous country by 2023.
UN Secreatry-General, António Guterres, said ‘reaching a global population of eight billion is a numerical landmark, but our focus must always be on people. In the world we strive to build, 8 billion people means 8 billion opportunities to live dignified and fulfilled lives.