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U.N. Set To Highlight Challenges Of Growing Global Population

With the global population expected to reach seven billion by October this year, U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin told Inter Press Service that “seven billion represents a challenge, an opportunity and a call to action.”

Osotimehin plans to launch a campaign called “7 Billion Actions” when the U.N. recognizes World Population Day on July 11. The campaign will highlight investing in youth and education; preserving natural resources; and providing reproductive health and family planning services to the “215 million women who want – but do not have – access” to such care, IPS writes. The article also quotes Tamara Kreinin, executive director of Women and Population at the U.N. Foundation (Deen, 7/7).