The number of people on Earth is growing at a slower pace, according to a new UN report. “In 2020, the growth rate of the world population has fallen below one percent per year for the first time since 1950,” said the United Nations on Monday – on which World Population Day is celebrated – with a new report that the German Press Agency (dpa) was available in advance.

For John Wilmoth, director of the UN population department, there are many opportunities, especially for developing countries, in this global development – despite all regional differences. In addition to fighting poverty and hunger, this applies above all to the issue of education: fewer offspring increase the attention paid to each child.

“When the average family size falls, it becomes possible for both families and societies to invest more in each child, improve the quality of education and develop the human capital of the population,” Wilmoth told dpa.