The world population has surpassed eight billion people, according to the United Nations on Tuesday, November 15.
According to a statement issued by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday, November 15, the world’s population has surpassed eight billion people.
In a statement, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: “The milestone is an occasion to celebrate diversity and advancements while considering humanity’s shared responsibility for the planet.”
The United Nations attributes the increase to human development, with people living longer lives as a result of advancements in public health, nutrition, personal hygiene, and medicine.
Middle-income countries, primarily in Asia, accounted for the majority of that expansion, adding 700 million people since 2011. India gained approximately 180 million people and is on track to overtake China as the world’s most populous country next year.
While birth rates in the United States, Europe, and Japan have been steadily declining, some of the world’s poorest countries, the majority of which are in Sub-Saharan Africa, have seen population spikes as a result of higher fertility rates, putting their development goals at risk.