"World Population Jumps to Seven Billion"

"LONDON -- In five days, there will be an unprecedented seven billion people on Earth, the United Nations projects in a new State of World Population 2011 report released today in London and in more than 100 other cities throughout the world."

"How we respond now will determine whether we have a future marked by environmental decline, inequalities and economic setbacks or a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future, says the UN Population Fund in its report, 'People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion.'

The seven billion mark 'is a challenge, an opportunity and a call to action,' said UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin at the report's launch in London. 'Today's milestone is a reminder that we must act now.'

Of the world's seven billion, 1.8 billion are young people between the ages of 10 and 24, Dr. Osotimehin observed."

Environment News Service had the story October 26, 2011.

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"UN: World Will Miss Economic Benefit of 1.8 Billion Young People" (Guardian)

Source: ENS, 10/27/2011