United Nations Demographic Manuals and World Fertility Chart now online

July 10, 2010 • Family Planning, Reproductive Health, Daily Email Recap

From the United Nations Population Division.

The United Nations Population Division is pleased to announce the availability online of its manuals on demographic estimation.

This new resource provides access to 23 manuals and guides issued by the United Nations Population Division over a long period of time. They cover the areas of demographic estimates, demographic models, population projections, socio-economic indicators, family planning and internal migration. Many of the manuals are being made available now for the first time in electronic format.

The address of United Nations Demographic Manuals Online is http://www.un.org/esa/population/techcoop/manuals.html

In addition, the UN Population Division has announced the publication of a wall chart entitled “World Fertility Patterns 2009”.

The world has witnessed a major transformation in fertility: total fertility fell from an average of 4.7 children per woman in 1970-1975 to 2.6 children per woman in 2005-2010. This change has been driven mostly by developing countries (excluding the least developed countries), where fertility dropped by more than half (from 5.6 to 2.5 children per woman). The decline is less marked among the least developed countries where fertility remains high, with fertility having declined from 6.3 children per woman in 1970-1975 to 4.4 in 2005-2010. The wall chart “World Fertility Patterns 2009” presents data available to assess the change in fertility taking place around the world. For the 224 countries or areas for which data are available, it displays unadjusted data on total fertility, age-specific fertility and the mean age at childbearing for two points in time: the first as close as possible to 1970 and the second showing the latest available data.

The wall chart can be downloaded free of charge from the Population Division website, www.unpopulation.org, in a format suitable for on-screen viewing. Hard copies will also be available shortly for distribution free of charge to libraries and documentation centres of institutions. We particularly welcome requests from institutions in developing countries. Requests should be addressed by mail or fax on the institution’s letterhead to: Director, Population Division/DESA, Room DC2-1950, United Nations, New York, NY 10017 USA; Fax 212-963-2147. Regrettably, e-mail requests cannot be entertained.

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