While rapid population growth may be the defining feature of the 20th century, with world population nearly quadrupling from 1.6 to 6.1 billion, the hallmark of the 21st century is likely to be population aging.
A Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ Population Division report forecasts that the current world population of nearly 7.6 billion will increase to 8.6 billion by 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100.
Good news derailed UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s manifesto launch. She might not have seen it that way — it is rare for any party to abandon a manifesto pledge just four days after its announcement and U-turns of this nature are embarrassing for a sitting prime minister with a reputation as a stickler for detail. But none the less, the social care debacle is the result of some exceptionally good news.
Asia-Pacific's long-term growth outlook remains the strongest in the world, but the medium-term picture is weighed down by an aging population and sluggish productivity, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned in a new report on Tuesday.