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World population now stands at 7.4bn: UN

Updated Dec 02, 2016 08:53am

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AMMAN: The world’s population grew slightly to 7.4 billion in 2016, the UN said on Thursday, with a substantial youth bulge challenging political and social systems across the planet.

The United Nations Population Fund released its 2016 State of the World Population report on Thursday in Amman, Jordan. Daniel Baker, regional humanitarian coordinator and head of the fund’s Jordan country office, highlighted the potential fallout and gains to be had by overcoming the world’s clear gender inequality in the half of the world’s population under the age of 24.

“Failing to invest in girls is nothing less than planned poverty. Unless we invest in girls, we’re planning to have a poorer future,” Baker said.

The report said the world’s population grew 1.1 per cent to 7.433 billion from 7.349 billion the previous year.

The report focuses on the well-being of 10-year-old girls as indicators of development success or failure.

It says 89 per cent of the world’s 125 million 10-year-olds live in developing countries where girls face obstacles to equal education, healthcare and safety.

The report estimated that developing countries could generate or lose at least $21 billion depending on their investments in the health and education of their 10-year-old girls today.

UNFP goodwill ambassador, Princess Basma Bint Talal, said the fate of the world’s young girls rests in international commitment to equality.

“Let us remember that we are all responsible.

Let us remember that our every word and deed, positive or negative, can affect the road she travels from this crossroads in her life. This is what will shape her role in society, which is to say our society, and our world,” she said.

Published in Dawn, December 2nd, 2016

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Anwar Mahmood Dec 02, 2016 10:44am

Population growth is bringing with it the change of entire world. In the beginning of second world war, the population of the world was 2.3 billion with 30 percent whites. Since then brown and blacks and the yellow have more then tripled while the whites have actually decreased.The whites today are 14 percent, will be 9 percent in 2050 and 5 percent by 2100.

The entire economies today depend upon consumers, who are people.Europe and America have no choice other than bringing in other races, even at the cost of making the west as non white majority by 2045.By the end of this century the whites in Europe and America may be only 25 percent.

That is needed for consumer based economies as the base of economies.

Anwar Mahmood Dec 02, 2016 11:39am

The demographic changes taking place in America and Europe now were mainly responsible for Trump's supporters to vote him in with majority for which neither Trump nor his voters were at fault.

The real fault may lie in the fact that white race did not increase in population like others since WW2. Toda, there are many books and articles on topic as "End of white Christian America and Europe."

The world economies depend on consumers spending as people. Again Trump and his voters will have no other choice to bring en masses people from Asia and Africa. Otherwise, China's economy may double American economy by 2050.