7 billion people will inhabit the earth in October

Challenges, Opportunities and Action in a World of 7 Billion

On the 31st of October the world will reach 7 billion people. That's the projection from the United Nations Population Fund or UNFPA on this World Population Day, July 11.

While it's a once in a lifetime milestone, it's also an opportunity for the UN to push for better mechanisms to take care of those most vulnerable. To do that, UNFPA is launching a campaign called "7 Billion Actions", to meet the demands of a growing population.

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin is the executive director of UNFPA

"The 7 Billion Actions is an effort by UNFPA to reach the 7 billion people in the world asking them what are they going to do to make the world a better place. What action would you take locally to contribute to a better planet and to ensure that we have a more safe world going forward."

UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki-moon adds that overcoming the challenges of 7 billion people, including being able to feed and shelter those in need, will demand the best in each of us.

For more information log onto 7billionactions.org.

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