Developing countries to lead global population growth

29 July 2015

The number of people living on the planet is expected to rise from just over seven billion today to 8.5 billion by 2030, the UN announced on Wednesday.

Most of this growth will be concentrated in a handful of countries, the majority of them in Africa, according to the latest report by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

John Wilmoth, Director of the Department’s Population Division, says understanding population trends is critical to human development.

He explained to Dianne Penn what these numbers mean.

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