2006 Revision of World Population Prospects released

March 17, 2007 • HIV/AIDS, News

From the U.N. Population Division

The Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs announces the release of the 2006 Revision of World Populations Prospect, the official United Nations estimates and projections of the world’s population from 1950 to 2050.

The 2006 Revision is immediately available in electronic form from the website of the Population Division:

Data can be accessed and tabulated on demand through an interactive database. A number of ard copy publications including the data volumes, an analytical report and a poster will be issued in the coming months.

The 2006 Revision of World Population Prospects is the twentieth such revision. It incorporates the full results of the 2000 round of national population censuses. It also takes into account the results of recent specialized surveys carried out in developing countries. A major new element in the 2006 Revision of the World Population Prospects is the much-improved modeling of HIV and AIDS. For the first time detailed assessments of the demographic impact of antiretroviral therapy, particularly for preventing mother-to-child-transmission (MTCT), were included. Recent information from UNAIDS, concerning coverage rates of Antiretroviral Therapy are used, as well as newly available information on HIV/AIDS prevalence rates. All this has led to lower estimates of AIDS-related mortality in several African countries, where HIV/AIDS remains nevertheless a ravaging emergency and a major obstacle to development.

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