The world’s population will hit 6.5 billion by July this year, says the United Nations Population Fund. The world’s population will hit 6.5 billion by July this year, says the United Nations Population Fund. “The world’s population will reach 6.5 billion by July and, despite lower expected fertility rates, is likely to reach 9.1 billion by 2050, with most of the increase taking place in developing countries,” said the United Nations Population Fund on Thursday.
The Population Fund’s revised report for 2004, notched up its projection in 2002 – from 8.9 billion to over 9 billion by 2050.
“The world has added nearly 500 million people since 1999 – in just six years,” said Hania Zlotnik, the new head of the Population Division.
“The good news is that new estimates show that it will take a little longer to add the next half billion, reaching the 7 billion mark probably by 2013,” said Zlotnik.
Almost all of the increase will take place in the less developed countries, whose populations is expected to reach 7.8 billion in 2050 from 6.5 billion now.
Populations of the more developed cou