"Which countries are affected?Witness wrote: ↑Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:53 amhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-46118103'Remarkable' decline in fertility rates
There has been a remarkable, global decline in the number of children women are having, say researchers.
The study, published in the Lancet, followed trends in every country from 1950 to 2017.
In 1950, women were having an average of 4.7 children in their lifetime. The fertility rate all but halved to 2.4 children per woman by last year.
Prof Christopher Murray, the director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, told the BBC: "We've reached this watershed where half of countries have fertility rates below the replacement level, so if nothing happens the populations will decline in those countries.
"It's a remarkable transition.
"It's a surprise even to people like myself, the idea that it's half the countries in the world will be a huge surprise to people."
More economically developed countries including most of Europe, the US, South Korea and Australia have lower fertility rates."
Oh well, I'm sure the Islamic states will step up to funding the UN, preventing world war and all that jazz.