Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Population Division

United Nations

New York, 2000




the Progress

of Populations


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The term "country" as used in the text of this publication also refers, as appropriate, to territories or areas.

The designations "more developed", "less developed" and "least developed" for countries, areas or regions are intended for statistical convenience and do not necessarily express a judgement about the stage reached by a particular country or area in the development process.

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