World Population To Reach 7 Billion in 24 Hours

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As the world’s population reaches 7 billion barely 24 hours from now (October 31, 2011), many non-governmental organizations (NGO) and other advocacy groups for sexual and reproductive health like the IPPF (International Planned Parenthood Federation) have called for the public and the government to renew the focus on younger people’s reproductive and sexual health.

IPPF, the world’s largest non-governmental organization advocating sexual and reproductive health, said that it is definitely important for sustainable development to ensure that the 1.8 billion young people on those earth will have proper access to services and information about their reproductive health.

The 7 billion projected digits by the end of October 2011 has been estimated with the help of the United Nations. According to the UN, unless we rapidly control the world’s population growth, there will be an expected unsustainability of resources including the environment, forests, habitat, water and other essential needs.

As explained by the Director of the IPPF, Dir. Gen. Tewodros Melesse:

“As 1.8 billion young people around the world approach sexual maturity the world is stumbling towards a contraceptive crisis: currently 16 million adolescent girls become mothers every year and almost 40 per cent of the 6,800 new HIV infections each day are among young people. Worldwide, 215 million women have an unmet need for family planning – a number that is sure to rise unless unprecedented action is taken. Yet, it would cost only $2bn to give them access to the family planning they lack.

This level of unmet need will expand as the world’s largest generation ever of young people enters their reproductive lives – increasing demand for contraception by 40 per cent by 2050. This represents a crisis for health, human rights, and development.

This is a wasted opportunity to boost development and stabilize population growth through something women want and need – the ability to decide when and if to become pregnant. If all women had the ability to choose when and if to become pregnant, survey data shows, average global childbearing would immediately fall below the ‘replacement fertility’ value of slightly more than two children per woman.

All too often promises are made and not delivered. We need to hold governments and international agencies accountable for the commitments they have made – financial, political and legal.”

Several advocacy program related to the 7 billion population growth have been launched like the 7 Billion Actions: A global movement for all humanity. This program has been initiated by the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF).

According to the 7 Billion Actions Organization, “As the United Nations agency responsible for marking this milestone, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is leading an innovative global campaign—7 Billion Actions—to build awareness around the opportunities and challenges of a world of seven billion people. UNFPA has enlisted a wide group of corporations, organizations, and individuals to deliver this unique initiative, using online, mobile and offline actions to tell the story of the people behind the number.”




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