AFRICANGLOBE – The UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs has released its 2015 revision findings to the world’s population, as new data becomes available.
The world’s population is currently estimated to be 7.3 billion—with one billion of these added in just the last 12 years. Sixteen per cent, or 1.2 billion of those people live in Africa, while the vast majority of 4.4 billion, or 60% are in Asia. This gap will be steadily and determinedly chipped at this century.
It will be useful information to Africa as a new set of development goals are set to be agreed on in coming weeks. We looked at demographic trends in the region as highlighted in the report(pdf):
1— While the world population is today growing slower than ten years ago, it is projected that by 2050 there will be 9.7 billion people. Of the 2.4 billion to be added to the world’s current population into that year, 1.3 billion, or more than half the growth, will be across Africa.