In its annual report on marriage, the International Data Bank on the Family said the number of married people in the world rose from 1.3 billion in 2013 to 2.9 billion in 2015.
But the report’s authors said that the increase in the number in 2015 was due in large part to a rise in the use of technology to keep track of marriages, which they said increased by 6% from 2015 to 2016.
While the increase was partly due to technology, it also came with a downside, the authors said.
The rise in data availability led to the loss of privacy and the inability to control for other factors, such as family status, and the rise of online marriages.
For the first time, the ICDF has set a target to have a global count of marriages by 2025, with a goal to end the trend by 2020.
The number of marriages worldwide in 2015 reached a high of 1.8 billion, the report said, with 628 million of them occurring in countries that do not provide for universal access to marriage records.
According to the report, the majority of marriages in 2016 took place in the United States, with 792 million.
The top three countries with the highest number of reported marriages per capita were Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Russia.
For 2016, the United Nations Population Fund said that more than 1.6 billion people in 22 countries were living in extreme poverty.
The UNFPA has published a report titled “Marriage: a Global Data Problem” to help governments better understand the issues that affect couples worldwide.
The report calls for more research into marriage and couples’ relationship with their families and communities, more information about marriage and divorce, and better social, health, economic and environmental data sources for couples.
The authors of the report also said that while marriage is now an international issue, the challenges faced by countries are often not well understood.
“It is essential that we provide the data needed to better understand these issues, which will help in identifying strategies to help countries tackle them,” said the report.
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