30 Oct '11, 4am

A 'world of contradiction' awaits the world's seven billionth person when he or she is born on Monday: UN leader

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The world's seven billionth person will be born Monday into what UN leader Ban Ki Moon calls a 'world of contradiction' - and facing an uphill battle if it is on the wrong side of the poverty line. While many countries around the world will be choosing their own symbolic baby, holding rallies and other events to mark the latest stage of the global population explosion, Mr Ban will not be seen cuddling a newborn. In Zambia there will be a seven billion song contest, while Vietnam will stage a '7B: Counting On Each Other' concert. Russian authorities are to give gifts to selected babies while in Ivory Coast national comedians are staging their own show. According to the UN secretary general, however, the seven billion day is no laughing matter. Mr Ban said he suspects the seven billionth person, wherever he or she is born, 'will be born into a world of...

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