09:30 15 November 2022

Global population reached 8 billion

The global population reached 8 billion people on November 15, the United Nations says, in a historic milestone for humanity as the organization looks like what the future could look like, APA reports.

The U.N. praised the population growth as mortality levels decline and life expectancy continues to increase. The global life expectancy is 72.8 years as of 2019, an increase of nearly nine years since 1990. Current projections believe the life expectancy could be 77.2 years by 2050.

"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,” U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement.