The world’s population now exceeds 7.7 billion people. Our population is still growing by more than 80 million people every year and is likely to keep growing until the end of the century, unless we take action.

It took the human population until 1800 to reach 1 billion people – we now add a billion more every 12 to 15 years. Since 1970, our numbers have more than doubled.

Learn more about our numbers here.

See our latest news stories and blog posts about world population below.

Girl clutching mother
18 April 2019

State of the World Population: Women and girls left behind

The latest UNFPA State of the World Population report highlights widespread and persistent gender inequality, with hundreds of millions of women around the world still unable to control how many children they have.

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Population Matters Magazine Spring 2019

Population Matters Magazine

Our Patron Sir David Attenborough's speaks out on the need to slow population growth; and we ask: can we sustainably feed our growing population? 

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Crowded city
5 April 2019

Population growth slows progress towards Sustainable Development Goals, says UN

The world is not on track to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals because efforts to implement them have not kept pace with rapid human population growth, according to the United Nations.

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Oil palm
21 March 2019

Population and consumption causing extinction crisis and water shortage

The latest UN Global Resources Outlook report reveals that natural resource extraction and processing is responsible for 90% of water stress and biodiversity loss and is driven by the combination of rapid population and economic growth.

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Population Matters letter to Rt Hon Michael Gove re Convention on Biodiversity

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Butterfly
13 March 2019

Calling for action on biodiversity

As the latest of many scientific reports identifies population growth as a driver of biodiversity loss, Population Matters calls for action.

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London crowd
15 February 2019

Global risks: where does population rank?

An online survey of over 10,000 adults across nine countries found that more than two thirds of respondents consider population growth a “global catastrophic risk”. However, less than one quarter believe the issue requires urgent action and just over half believe continued population growth will have “negative effects”, demonstrating the urgent need for increased awareness.

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Population Matters
27 April 2019

POPULATION MATTERS CONFERENCE 2019

Our free public conference will address the link between human population and biodiversity loss. An expert international panel of conservationists, scientists and campaigners will examine the problem and the solutions.

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Kenyan woman with child
13 November 2019 to 15 November 2019

The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25: Accelerating the promise

A high-level conference to advance the implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action

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Urban landscape
5 February 2019

Will the world run out of people?

A newly published book, Empty Planet, claims that global population will shortly start decreasing and continue to do so. Might it be right?

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