World population is expected to reach 6.6 billion in 2007 according to a report of the Secretary-General entitled, World Demographic Trends (E/CN.9/2007/6).
The report presents an overview of demographic trends for the world, its major areas, the development groups and selected countries. The topics covered include population size and growth [Africa has the biggest growth rate at 1.21, Europe has negative growth], fertility and contraception, mortality [life expectancy in North America 82.7 yrs, in Africa 65.4], international migration, population aging and urbanization.
The report also includes information on population policies and summarizes the concerns and views expressed by Governments with respect to major population trends. Learn more about the UN's activities related to Population from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs.