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UN Report to mark 7 Billion

Posted by African Press International on September 10, 2011

On 31 October the global population will reach 7 billion, up from 6 billion
in barely 13 years. This milestone provides an opportunity to look at important aspects of world population and to pair these with reports from major geographic regions that illustrate what population trends mean to the people behind the statistics.

The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) will launch the annual State of the World Population Report, titled “People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion” in London on 26 October with the new UNFPA Executive Director, Dr Babatunde Osotimehim. 

The Report will include a look at how the world reached 7 billion, such as the large strides in health care that allow older people to live longer, more children to survive to adulthood and beyond, as well as policies and other initiatives that allow women to play a stronger role in society.

This overview will include analysis of the latest demographic trends, such as the largest-ever cohort of young people around the world, and the growing number of megacities, and will describe some of the implications for the quality of life of women, men and young people.

Cathy Bartley and Tony Kerridge

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