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Abstract PIP: According to the 1980 State of the World Population report released by the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, the rate of world population growth, now below 2\% a year, continues to slow down. It was pointed out that the year 2000 will see 59\% of the world's population living in Asia, 11\% in Africa, 13\% in Latin America, and only 17\% in the industrialized countries. The report indicated that population pressures were fueling the drive to the cities. If current trends continue, by the year 2000 there will be 3/4 of the Northern world and 1/2 of the Southern world living in cities, and there will be 60 giant cities of over 5 million people. According to the International Population Dynamics 1950-1979, published by the Bureau of Census of the U.S. Department of Commerce, 97\% of the world's population lives in 87 countries with a population of 5 million or more. The combined population of these countries is 4.28 billion, out of an estimated total of 4.41 billion for the world in mid-1979. Worldwide, the estimated growth rate for 1978 was between 1.6 and 1.8\%. The corresponding world birth and death rates were 27-29/1000 and 11-12/1000, respectively. The birthrate in Africa continues to be very high -- 45-47/1000 -- while that for Latin America is slightly above the world average -- 32-33/1000. Asia's birthrate approximates the world average; those in the more developed regions of Northern America, Europe and Oceania are at a level of about 1/2 the combined rate for the world as a whole.
This article was published in Data Asia
and referenced in Journal of Civil & Legal Sciences