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State of World Population 1999

6 Billion - A Time for Choices

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Women are having fewer children than ever before, and population growth has slowed from 2.0 to 1.3 percent in 30 years; but large families in the recent past mean that there are many more women of childbearing age. Global population is still rising by about 78 million people a year. Half the world is under 25 and there are over a billion young people between 15 and 24, the parents of the next generation. The State of World Population 1999 highlights the critical decisions facing the international community as the world population passed the 6 billion mark in October 1999. How fast the next billion people are added, the effect on natural resources and the environment, and the quality of life will depend on policy and funding decisions taken in the next 5 to 10 years, according to this 1999 report.

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Population change and people’s choices

The 20th century has witnessed unprecedented changes in both population dynamics and the progress of human development. Life opportunities for many women and men around the world have expanded like never before in history. At the same time, much of humanity remains caught in a vicious cycle of poverty, ill health and inequality.

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