The UN report titled World Population Prospects was released on 13 June 2013, forecasted that India will be the most populous country of the world by 2028 leaving behind China. The report also claimed that by 2025 the world population will increase by one billion and reach to 8.1 billion from 7.2 billion at present. By 2050, the world population will be 9.6 billion as per the report.
The report has also projected that maximum growth in population will take place in developing nations; population in these regions will increase from 5.9 billion in 2013 to 8.2 billion in 2050. The report also projected that the population of the developed countries will remain unchanged largely to 1.3 billion people.
The forty nine least developed countries will see growth at a fast pace and will double in size from around 900 million inhabitants in 2013 to 1.8 billion by 2050 as per the projections of the report.
The report has projected a decline of population in Europe by 14 percent, whereas the population of rest of the world will grow over 10 percent between 2013-2100. Thus, Europe will shrink beyond Africa. The report claims that Africa will grow more rapidly than half of global population growth from 2013 to 2050. The medium variant projection the African population will grow from 1.1 billion in 2013 to 2.4 billion in 2050 and 4.2 billion by 2100.
As per the World Population Prospects Report, developing nations like China, India and Brazil has witnessed a rapid fall in the average number of children per women but nations like Nigeria, Ethiopia, Niger and Uganda have high fertility levels. Thus the report has made a projection that Nigerian population is expected to exceed the US by 2050 and may rival Chinese population by 2100.
The World Population Prospects has claimed that the population growth of the world has slowed.
The report filed on the assessment of past, current and future population trends is published by United Nation after every two years in a recurrent series that is called the World Population Prospects. For the 2013 report released on 13 June 2013, researchers used data of 233 countries and areas.