The United Nations (UN) says total world’s population is expected to hit eight billion on Nov. 15, 2022.
The global institution made this known in a statement released on Monday to mark the 2022 World Population Day (WPD).
The WPD was established by the Governing Council of the UN Development Programme in 1989. It is an annual event observed on July 11 to raise awareness on global population issues.
The day has “A World of 8 Billion: Towards a Resilient Future for All –Harnessing Opportunities and Ensuring Rights and Choices for All” as its Theme For 2022″.
A statement issued by the Media Associate of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in Nigeria, Hajiya Kori Habib in Abuja on Monday, said the world population figure is a milestone for humanity.
It also projected that India will be the world’s most populous country in 2023, surpassing China.
The statement added that growing number of countries face population ageing, while others have youthful and growing populations, as more people are on the move, either by choice or driven by crises ranging from conflict to climate change.
“Understanding these shifts is critical to harnessing opportunities and mitigating potential downsides.
“Roughly two-thirds of the world’s population now live in a country or area with below-replacement fertility, or fewer than 2.1 births per woman. Fertility rates are at a historic low”, it added.