World Population Prospects — The 2012 Revision


  • The United Nations report titled “World Population Prospects — The 2012 Revision” was released on 13 June 2013.
  • The 2012 Revision of the World Population Prospects is the twenty-Third round of global demographic estimates and projections undertaken by the Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat.


  • The report’s figures are based on a comprehensive review of available demographic data from 233 countries and areas around the world, including the 2010 round of population censuses.
  • The report, based on the assessment of past, current and future population trends, is published by United Nation after every two years in a recurrent series.
  • According to the report, India will surpass China to become world’s most populous nation by 2028, with its population crossing the 1.45 billion mark.
  • According to the report, India’s population will touch 1.4 billion in 2025; 1.6 billion by 2050 before it starts declining by the year 2100, at which point India will have 1.5 billion people.
  • The report also claimed that the world’s population, now estimated at 7.2 billion, could reach 8.1 billion by 2025 and up to 9.6 billion by 2050.
  • The report has made a projection that Nigeria’s population is expected to surpass that of the United States before 2050.
  • Overall, life expectancy is projected to increase in developed and developing countries in future years.
  • At the global level, it is projected to reach 76 years in the period 2045-2050 and 82 years in 2095-2100.

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