The State of World Population

The statistical tables in "The State of World Population 2016" include indicators that track progress toward the goals of the Framework of Actions for the follow-up to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) beyond 2014; and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the areas of maternal health; access to education; reproductive and sexual health. In addition; these tables include a variety of demographic indicators. The statistical tables support UNFPA’s focus on progress and results towards delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted; every birth is safe; and every young person's potential is fulfilled.

ICPD Goals; selected indicators:

Maternal mortality ratio; births attended by skilled health personnel; adolescent birth rate; contraceptive prevalence rate; contraceptive prevalence rate; modern method; unmet need for family planning rate; proportion of demand satisfied; proportion of demand satisfied with modern methods; adjusted primary school net enrolment ratio; gender parity index; primary education; secondary school net enrolment ratio; gender parity index; secondary education.

Demographic indicators:

Total population; average annual rate of population change; total Population aged 10; female; population aged 10-24; population aged 0-14; population aged 15-64; Population aged 65 and older; dependency ratio; life expectancy at birth; total fertility rate

Different national authorities and international organizations may employ different methodologies in gathering; extrapolating or analyzing data. To facilitate the international comparability of data; UNFPA relies on the standard methodologies employed by the main sources of data. In some instances; therefore; the data in these tables differ from those generated by national authorities. Data presented in the tables are not comparable to the data in previous " The State of the World Population " issues due to regional classifications updates; methodological updates; and revisions of time series data.

The statistical tables draw on nationally representative household surveys such as Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS); United Nations organizations estimates; and inter-agency estimates. They also include the latest population estimates and projections from World Population Prospects: The 2015 revision and Model-based Estimates and Projections of Family Planning Indicators 2015 (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs; Population Division). Data are accompanied by definitions; sources; and notes. The statistical tables in The State of World Population 2016 generally reflect information available as of July 2016.


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Additional Info

Dataset ID SWOP
Data Frequency annual
Temporal Coverage Start 1905-07-08
Status Active
Spatial Coverage World
Mode Database
Data Type indicators
Accessed On 2016-12-01

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