The world’s population reached eight billion people, representing a ‘milestone in human development’ before birth rates start to slow, according to UN projection
On November 15, Damian was born in the capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo — one of the babies who claimed the title of the 8 billionth inhabitant of the planet Photo: www.azertag.az
The UN says the world’s population has hit eight billion, just 11 years after passing the seven-billionth milestone. After a big surge in the middle of the 20th century, population growth is already slowing down. It could take 15 years to reach nine billion and the United Nations doesn’t expect to reach 10 billion until 2080.
It’s hard to calculate the number of people in the world accurately, and the UN admits its sums could be out by a year or two. But November 15th is its best estimate for the eight-billionth line to be crossed.
The eight-billionth person on planet Earth was born in the city of Martuni in the Gegharkunik Region of Armenia, Gegharkunik Governor Karen Sargsyan wrote on social media.
“The newborn baby girl named Arpi is considered to be the eight-billionth person on the planet. She is a daughter of Karen Zakarian and Ani Kocharyan, residents of the village of Tsovinar in the Gegharkunik Region. The baby girl was born weighing 2 kilograms 900 grams, 49 centimetres tall, absolutely healthy,” Sargsyan said.
After a big surge in the middle of the 20th century, population growth is already slowing down. It reportedly could take 15 years to reach nine billion and the United Nations says the global population will peak in the 2080s at 10.4 billion.