World Fertility Report 2013

Fertility at the Extremes

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World Fertility Report 2013: Fertility at the Extremes is the fifth in a series and focuses on trends in fertility over the past 20 years and key factors underlying these trends for countries at the extremes of fertility: 66 countries with more than 3.2 children per woman in 2005-2010 and 70 countries with 2.0 children per woman or less in 2005-2010. The data presented are from World Population Prospects: The 2012 Revision, the official United Nations publication of population estimates and projections. Country data are taken from the same report, other United Nations sources or national sources, as appropriate.




Fertility patterns in the world have changed dramatically over the last two decades since the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994, producing a world with very diverse childbearing patterns. Further complicating this picture are questions regarding the future path that fertility change will take in countries experiencing high levels or low levels of childbearing and the effective policy approaches to address population and development implications of these diverse childbearing patterns.


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