Seven billionth baby born into world of "contradictions"

Balogun market in the Central Business District of Lagos, Nigeria

The seven billionth baby has been born in, what has been described as, a world of "terrible contradictions".

Speaking in New York on Monday, the United Nations Secretary-General stressed, Ban Ki-moon stressed that the Day of Seven Billion is not about one child but about the entire human family.

He said the world is facing a number of problems, including famine in the Horn of Africa, fighting in Syria and global public anger at economic inequality.

The Secretary-General said people have lost faith in governments and public institutions to do the right thing.

"Our world is one of terrible contradictions. Plenty of food but one billion people go hungry. Lavish lifestyles for a few, poverty for too many others. Huge advances in medicine while mothers die everyday in childbirth … and children die every day from drinking dirty water. Billions spent on weapons to kill people instead of keeping them safe. What kind of world has baby seven billion been born into?"

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