"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."