Africa's prosperity is in the best interests of western nations
For every 1,600 human beings alive on the planet, only one is resident in Ireland. That figure illustrates just how small a part of the world's total population we in this country make up.
Even if Ireland continues to record rates of population growth higher than the rich-world average in the decades to come, we are set to become even less globally significant, according to new projections by the UN.
As the accompanying chart shows, the west has been in relative demographic decline for a long time and the rest are accounting for ever more of the planet's population.