Philippines among biggest contributors as world population to reach 8 billion

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Mothers nurse their babies, some of them two at a time, at breastfeeding event in Manila, Philippines.
Mothers participate in a breastfeeding event in Manila, Philippines on August 5, 2018. (Photo: NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty Images)

The Philippines is one of the eight developing countries in the world that will contribute to the rise of the world’s population in the coming decades, a United Nations (UN) forecast said on Monday (July 11).

The UN report said that the world’s population will reach eight billion on November 15, with the country, as well as Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan and Tanzania as the biggest contributors in the world’s population rise.

According to the same report, the world’s population rate has slowed down like never seen since 1950, with the forecast saying that the world’s population will hit 8.5 billion in 2030 and 9.7 billion in 2050, and then peaking at 10.4 billion in the 2080s before it becomes steady at the same level until 2100.

Meanwhile, India will surpass China as the most populous country in the world by 2023, said the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

According to data from the Philippine Statistics Authority as of May 1, 2020, the Philippines had a total population of 109,035,343, with the annual population growth rate decreasing significantly at 1.3%, the lowest since 1960’s 3.3%.

The fertility rate in the Philippines has also gone down significantly, with today’s 2.1 children per woman compared to 1969’s 6.4 children per woman, according to World Population Review.

UN’s Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, said that the rise in the world’s population “is a reminder of our shared responsibility to care for our planet and a moment to reflect on where we still fall short of our commitments to one another.”

“This is an occasion to celebrate our diversity, recognize our common humanity and marvel at advancements in health that have extended lifespans and dramatically reduced maternal and child mortality rates,” Guterres added.

Perhaps Tesla CEO Elon Musk should eat his words for claiming that declining birth rates present “the biggest danger civilization faces by far” as the "underpopulation crisis" may be a couple more of decades away before the world's population starts actually collapsing.

Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments in politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. The views expressed are his own.

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