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India To Become the Most Populous Nation by 2022, Outdoing China: UN Report

China might be the most populous country in the world, but in not more than seven years’ time it is predicted to lose the top spot to the current second spot holder, India, says a new UN report that was revealed yesterday.

A report called “2015 Revision of World Population Prospects” that was produced by the UN Branch of Economic and Social Affairs stated that the global population is expected to touch 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion by 2050 and over 11 billion in 2100. At present, the global population is 7.3 billion.


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Currently, both India and China has over 1 billion population size with 1.252 billion and 1.27 billion, respectively, which is 18

Currently, both India with 1.252 billion population and China with 1.27 billion population, comprises 18 and 19 percent of the global population.

A similar UN report that was revealed two years ago had predicted that India and China’s population would touch 1.45 billion in 2028 – a time when India will commence to expand at a much faster pace in comparison to China.

Other than India and China, Nigeria is expected to become the third largest nation in the world, surpassing the United States that has a population size of 276 million at present.

Wu Hongbo, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, who presented the report, said that learning the demographic alterations, which are possibly to occur in the coming years, is a chief factor in designing the new progressive program and enforcing it.

The report explained that a minor list of high-fertility nations is to be held responsible for the majority of the predicted elevation in the global population.

The report revealed that in time span of 2015-2050, half of the global population development is believed to be confined on nine nations – India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, the United States, Indonesia and Uganda.

At present, Nigeria is experiencing the fastest population growth rate and along with other African nations, is expected to make the continent cover up over half of the global population across the following 35 years.

John Wilmoth who is the Director of the UN’s Population Division stated that confinement of population growth on some of the most poverty-stricken nations of the world indicates “its own set of challenges,” as it makes it harder to eliminate poverty and inequality, to fight hunger issues and malnutrition, and to increase educational registration and healthcare practices, “all of which are crucial to the success of the new sustainable development agenda.”

In order to keep up with the huge population growth, India will have to create more opportunities for jobs, curb gender inequality, and promote education. Apart from these, messages to start family planning and the advantages of it should also be spread.

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