14 Sep '11, 1am

World population to hit 7 billion

World population to hit 7 billion

WASHINGTON: The world's population will surge to seven billion next month and the challenge is not a lack of living space but how to empower disenfranchised women and girls, the United Nations said on Tuesday. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), launching a movement called "7 billion Actions," said the milestone was an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty and health crises in nations where huge gender inequalities exist. Ninety per cent of the world's young people are in the developing world, including about 900 million girls and young women who have little or no access to education and reproductive health, fund chief Babatunde Osotimehin said. "It's not about space, it's about equity, it's about social justice and about proper distribution," Osotimehin, who estimated that the seven billion figure will be reached on October 31, told a forum in Washington. Global populatio...

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