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The 2008 Revision is the twenty-first round of official United Nations population estimates and projections prepared by the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the UN Secretariat. The 2008 Revision builds on the 2006 Revision and incorporates both the results of the 2000 round of national population censuses and of recent specialized surveys carried out around the world. These sources provide both demographic and other information to assess the progress made in achieving the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). The comprehensive review of past worldwide demographic trends and future prospects presented in the 2008 Revision provides the population basis for the assessment of those goals.