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The world population hits 8 Billion on 15 November 2022


DA NANG, 17 NOVEMBER, 2022 – The global population reached 8 billion 2 days ago, on 15 November. Reaching this milestone is both a cause for celebration and a clarion call for humanity to find solutions to the challenges we face.

The challenges facing humanity are acute: generation-defining issues such as climate change, conflict and COVID-19 are disproportionately affecting the most marginalized and vulnerable among us. To date, millions continue to live in poverty and suffer from hunger and malnutrition, do not have access to healthcare and social protection, and are unable to complete quality education. Women around the world are still denied the fundamental right to make decisions over their bodies and futures, and we are seeing a worrying roll-back of progress on women’s rights in many countries.


Despite these challenges, the story behind 8 billion and how we have got here is a story of triumph. We have reduced poverty and achieved remarkable advancements in socio-economic issues. There are more of us humans than ever before due, in part, to increasing life expectancy and declining infant and maternal mortality.

People are the solution, not the problem. Experience shows that investing in people, in their rights and choices, is the path to peaceful, prosperous and sustainable societies,” said UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem.


As we reach this important milestone today, UNFPA will work with partners and communities to harness the power of 8 billion as part of UNFPA’s mission to achieve the goals set out in the ICPD Programme of Action back in 1994. By protecting the rights and choices of all people to live healthy, empowered lives, humanity holds the key to unleashing the unlimited potential of people around the world and address the challenges threatening their societies and the global problems imperiling us all.


We are not on this journey alone - there are many examples of solidarity and individual heroism, and we must all work together to address poverty, discrimination, violence and exclusion and other barriers that are denying millions of people around the world their rights and choices.


To commemorate the 8 Billion in Viet Nam, UNFPA organized a drawing contest "I am in the 8 billionin collaboration with Viet Nam Television (VTV2) from 28 October to 14 November 2022, with the theme “People are the solution, not the problem”; and two intercity buses with the message “8 Billion Hopes, 8 Billion Dreams, 8 Billion Solutions” travel from the North to the South of Viet Nam from 16 to 30 November 2022.


In Da Nang city, a commemoration event with about 300 students from the University of Da Nang - University of Science and Education, took place today on 17 November. The students discussed with Ms. Naomi Kitahara, UNFPA Representative in Viet Nam, and shared their reflections on the topic “8 Billion: People are the solution, not the problem” focusing on five themes: COVID19, Climate Change, Opportunities, Potentiality and Dreams.


We are much more than a number, as is the human family. Numbers matter, but let us count carefully. A resilient world of 8 billion, a world that upholds individual rights and choices, offers infinite possibilities – possibilities for people, societies and our shared planet to thrive and prosper,” said Ms. Naomi Kitahara, UNFPA Representative in Viet Nam at the event.


UNFPA will continue to advocate for the fundamental right of individuals and couples to decide freely and responsibly the number, timing and spacing of having children. UNFPA will support governments and societies in achieving a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled,” added Ms. Kitahara.


Key Findings of the World Population Prospects 2022:


  1. The world’s population is projected to reach a peak of around 10.4 billion people during the 2080s and to remain at that level until 2100.
  • It took about 12 years to grow from 7 to 8 billion, approximately the same time as from 6 to 7 billion. The next billion is expected to take approx 14.5 years (2037).
  1. Half of the 8th billion added to the world population was a result of Asia’s demographic expansion. Africa made the second largest contribution (almost 400 million).
  • 10 countries contributed to more than half of population growth leading from the 7th to the 8th billion. India was by far the largest contributor, followed by China and Nigeria.
  • Africa and Asia will drive population growth until the 9th billion is achieved in 2037.
  1. Today, two-thirds of the global population lives in a country or area where lifetime fertility is below 2.1 births per woman (also known as replacement fertility).
  • Global life expectancy at birth reached 72.8 years in 2019, an improvement of almost 9 years since 1990. But in 2021, life expectancy for the least developed countries lagged 7 years behind the global average.
  • In many developing countries, the share of population at working ages (between 25 and 64 years) has been increasing.



For more information, please contact:

Ms. Dinh Thu Huong | UNFPA Communications

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