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Oct 31; Day of 7 Billion

October 31, 2011

By Aimee Dirkzwager and Job Oberman

AMSTERDAM – The milestone of 7 billion will be reached on Monday Oct 31, according to statistics of the UN Population Division.

This increase does not go without consequence, as UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon claims that “it will have vast implications to world problems.”

At the launch of a global initiative to raise awareness about the increasing population Ban Ki Moon states poverty, discrimination and climate change among the challenges the world has to face.

In 1999 the world population was estimated at 6 billion, It took nearly twelve years for the increase of one billion people.

85% of this one billion originates from Asia and Africa, Europe contributed only 1% to the total growth.

The rate of population growth is predicted to decrease slightly, the next billion is said to be reached in 13 years.

It has to be noted that the numbers from the UN are symbolic, the actual 7th billion person will be born Feb 2012.

The BBC created an interactive application on which one can find one’s number within the population (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-15391515)


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