15 November 2022 is predicted to be the day that the global population reaches eight billion. The findings come in the UN’s World Population Prospects 2022 report, released on Monday to coincide with World Population Day, and suggest that the world’s population could grow to around 8.5 billion in 2030 and 9.7 billion in 2050, before reaching a peak of around 10.4 billion people during the 2080s. More than half of the projected increase in the global population up to 2050 will be concentrated in eight countries: the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, and the United Republic of Tanzania. The report also shows that India is on course to surpass China as the world’s most populous country in 2023. The report argues that to make the most of this opportunity, countries should invest in the further development of their human capital, by ensuring access to health care and quality education for all ages, and by promoting opportunities for productive employment and decent work.