1. People are getting older
Thanks to medical progress and better living conditions, we live longer than ever before. This applies to both industrialized and developing countries. While the average number of children per woman is decreasing almost anywhere in the world, people in many parts of the world reach a world-wide unrivaled age.
2. More children survive
Thanks to the industrial revolution and worldwide progress in the health sector and the food situation, child mortality fell only in the industrialized countries and later also in the developing countries.
But: That more children survive is also a reason for many parents to get fewer children. High survival chances of children lead to a decline in the birth rate, because parents have to worry less about the survival of their own children.
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In 2011, we were still seven billion people, in 2050, according to the United Nations, we will be more than nine billion, in 2100 more than eleven billion.
But the population figures should not be the focus. What is more important is the question of why the world’s population is growing. One of the main causes is that every fourth woman in developing countries can not prevent, although she would like to. One of the consequences: girls and women have 74 million unwanted pregnancies – every year.
Because they are not equal.
Because they have never been sexually enlightened and they have no access to preventatives.
Because they lack educational opportunities.
Because they lack job prospects.
Because they do not come out of the poverty trap.
We put our hopes in the two billion people under 24 years. The greatest youth generation of all time. It can bring change – when its potentials are recognized and promoted.
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