May 29th, 2012

The future of development goals

Climate Change & Environment

Sustainable Development

According to the UN Population Fund, the human population reached 7 billion in October 2011. The earth is getting crowded, and fast; it was only 12 years ago that the population arrived at 6 billion and, if the UN is correct, in 2024 it will reach 8 billion.

What kind of world awaits the new arrivals? A complicated and challenging one. While we do not know where the 8-billionth person will arrive, the most likely place is low-income Asia or sub-Saharan Africa, as it is these places that have high birth rates and rapid population growth. Unfortunately, these are also the regions where poverty, disease, civil conflict and environmental degradation make life for many a daily struggle for survival.

Read full article at the Commonwealth Ministers Reference Book


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