World population to reach 9.8 billion in 2050

United Nations, Department of Economic Affairs

The current world population of 7.6 billion is expected to reach 8.6 billion in 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100, according to a new United Nations report being launched today. With roughly 83 million people being added to the world’s population every year, the upward trend in population size is expected to continue, even assuming that fertility levels will continue to decline.

The World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision, published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, provides a comprehensive review of global demographic trends and prospects for the future. The information is essential to guide policies aimed at achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals.

Evidence For Hope


Wednesday, March 7
7 pm - 9:30 pm

McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak Street, SE
Mpls, MN 55455

Please join Barbara Frey and the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota as we welcome U of M Regents Professor Emerita Kathryn Sikkink to campus to speak on the legitimacy and effectiveness of the human rights movement. Marking the release of her newest book, Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century, Kathryn draws on decades of research and fieldwork to make the case that human rights do in fact work - that while change comes slowly and often with great struggle, human rights movements have been vastly effective. 

We invite you join us for this thought-provoking, engaging, and hopeful discussion by one of the foremost scholars on human rights movements. 

Kathryn Sikkink is the Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She is a Regents Professor Emerita of the University of Minnesota, having served as Professor of Political Science from 1988-2013. Kathryn's previous books include The Justice Cascade and Activists beyond Borders.

The event is open to the public. Advance registration is requested. A dessert reception will follow Kathryn's talk. 



Event: Turning Points In Turbulent Times

Turning Points In Turbulent Times: A Passionate Search For Global Solutions

Thursday, February 15th
7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Presenters: Loft Peace and Social Justice Writers Group

Members of the Loft Peace and Social Justice Writer's Group will read excerpts from their inspiring new book: Turning Points: Discovering Meaning and Passion in Turbulent Times. These are riveting accounts of how the turning points in the lives of our authors over the past half-century led them to find and implement creative solutions to global issues and how those lessons can be applied in today's turbulent times. Audience members will be encouraged to share their turning point stories. Featured presenters include Philip Lund, founder and facilitator of the writer’s group, Burt Berlowe, award-winning author of the compassionate rebel anthologies; India native Robbie Orr, who is currently writing a series of novels titled The Repentant Radical Trilogy, and Korean War veteran and peace educator Roy Wolff.