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UN unveils population dashboard as world set to swell to 7 billion

UN unveils population dashboard as world set to swell to 7 billion

Great things can happen at the intersection of data and technology - like this dashboard that pulls in core UN population data and trends into a digestible digital format.

Released to launch the “7-Day Countdown to 7 Billion” - when the world's population will swell to a new milestone on October 31 -  the United Nations Population Fund population website allows for an analysis of the impact of population increases around the world, including education, healthcare, literacy and age and gender development.

By 2050, New Zealand will represent 10 percent of Oceania's population, while Australia will make up nearly 57 percent.

The data show a paradox of a younger world that is also aging - around two-thirds of the world’s population is under 40 and the current generation of young people is the largest in history.

At the same time, the world is seeing a growing number of older people with the ageing of baby boomers, straining government social support and retirement financing.

The information will be used by the UN, local governments, economists and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to make decisions on how best to allocate funding and resources.

Try it out for yourself here.