Upcoming Release of PRB’s 2013 World Population Data Sheet

MEDIA ADVISORY: Sept. 6, 2013

AFRICA TO LEAD WORLD IN POPULATION GROWTH: Upcoming Release of PRB’s 2013 World Population Data Sheet

CONTACT: Ellen Carnevale, 202-939-5407; ecarnevale@prb.org. Advance copies of the report are available. Embargoed until 10 a.m. (EDT), Sept. 12, 2013.

Washington, DC – Africa, the world’s poorest region, will record the largest amount of population growth of any world region between now and 2050.

Africa’s population is expected to more than double, rising from 1.1 billion today to at least 2.4 billion by 2050. Nearly all of that growth will be in the 51 countries of sub-Saharan Africa, the region’s poorest.

The Population Reference Bureau’s 2013 World Population Data Sheet and related material, including an interactive map and infographic, will be online at 10 a.m. (EDT) on Sept. 12, 2013, at www.prb.org. The Data Sheet offers detailed information on 20 population, health, and environment indicators for more than 200 countries.

We are hosting a webinar on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, 11 a.m.–noon (EDT). To receive an invitation to the webinar, send an e-mail to Tyjen Tsai at ttsai@prb.org.

The Population Reference Bureau informs people around the world about population, health, and the environment, and empowers them to use that information to advance the well-being of current and future generations.