The Day of 7 Billion in Asia-Pacific

The world’s population will top seven billion people in 31 October 2011. This unique moment in human history represents both an achievement and a challenge, and will have an impact on every single person on the planet, particularly in the developing countries of Asia-Pacific. A world of seven billion has implications for sustainability, urbanization, access to health services and youth empowerment – however, it also offers a rare call-to-action opportunity to renew global commitment for a healthy and sustainable world.

 

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12 November 2011

Iran Counts 70 Millionth Person

TEHRAN – As part of the 7 Billion Actions campaign, a media event was organized by the Statistical Center of Iran, the government agency responsible for running the country's census, to mark the enumeration of the 70 millionth person in the country.
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8 November 2011

“I Am One of 7 Billion People in the World”

VIENTIANE – Thongsouk Somphouviseth, winner of the national essay competition "The World at 7 Billion: Opportunities, Challenges and Implications for Lao Development", talks about the positive and negative effects of a world of 7 billion population. The 21-year-old student from the National University of Laos was selected among 60 participants.
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2 November 2011

Challenges, Opportunities and Action in a World of 7 Billion

SUVA – People under 25 make up 43 per cent of the world’s population, but the percentage reaches 60 per cent in the least-developed countries. In the Pacific, this proportion ranges from 52 per cent in Micronesia to 57 per cent in Melanesia and Polynesia.
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31 October 2011

Asia Welcomes Babies Born into a World of 7 Billion

BANGKOK – Several Asian babies born just after midnight have been selected in their countries to symbolize all who have just come into a world of 7 billion people. Danica May Camacho, born in Manila, and Oishee Hussain, in Dhaka, were among those welcomed by government officials and UNFPA representatives in various capitals around the region.
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31 October 2011

Myanmar Launches State of World Population Report, Welcomes 7 Billionth Baby

NAY PYI TAW – UNFPA has launched the State of World Population report in Myanmar’s capital to mark the day when the world population reaches 7 billion, and is celebrating the birth of the symbolic seven billionth baby.  Named Kan Htoo Maung, the baby was delivered at 2:30 a.m. in a health facility run by the Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association.
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31 October 2011

Laos Celebrates the Arrival of the 7 Billionth Baby

VIENTIANE – UNFPA collaborated with the Lao government to celebrate the Day of Seven Billion by offering gifts to mothers and babies born at Mahosot Hospital. Gift baskets, containing health information packages and special birth certificates, were given to 15 babies who were born at around 12 am.
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29 October 2011

World at 7 Billion x 7 Billion Actions Campaign in Japan

TOKYO – The 7 Billion Actions campaign was named, "70okunin no sekai x 70 okunin no action" in Japan, which translates to "World at 7 Billion x 7 Billion Actions". UNFPA brought attention to the campaign by tailoring the message to Japanese constituents, with a call to bring awareness to the issues faced by the world at 7 billion.
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27 October 2011

Additional Investments in Youth Needed as World Population Tops 7 Billion

HA NOI – Today, young people between 10 to 24 years represent almost a third of the total population in Viet Nam. “While this demographic window is open, Viet Nam can benefit from this tremendous resource by ensuring that every young person has access to quality social services, including health, education and training, so that they are well prepared to make a significant contribution to Viet Nam's continued socio-economic growth and development,” said UNFPA Representative Bruce Campbell.
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26 October 2011

Every Person Should Enjoy Equal Rights and Dignity, Says Vice President

MALE – Speaking at the report launch of the State of World Population 2011, Vice President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik of Maldives said that every person should enjoy equal rights and dignity, “yet women continue to face widespread discrimination and violence”. He noted, with concern, that one in three women in Maldives are abused physically or sexually in their lifetime.
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24 October 2011

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Joins the 7 Billion Actions Campaign

COLOMBO – UNFPA  began its countdown to 7 Billion with the chief guest of the evening, Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratna. The event was filled with over 200 guests, who participated in the campaign by signing their names in a world map and wearing ‘I am one in 7 billion’ badges.
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14 October 2011

Sri Lankan Youth Marks World Population Reaching 7 Billion

COLOMBO – UNFPA, in collaboration with local youth groups, organized a bus painting event carrying the message, “In a world of 7 billion and counting, we need to count on each other”, to raise awareness on what it means to live in a world of 7 billion people.
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21 September 2011

Unveiling Billboards for 7 Billion Campaign

COLOMBO – UNFPA unveiled seven billboards in seven districts to commemorate world population reaching 7 billion. With messages of “I am one of 7 billion” and “In a world of 7 billion and counting, we need to count on each other”, the billboards were placed in the prominent locations in districts supported by UNFPA.
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20 September 2011

7000 Photos that Capture Daily Life

MALE – To mark the 7-billion population milestone, the Maldives Photographers Association, in partnership with UNFPA and the National Center for Arts,  have collected 7000 photos to show how is it to live in the Maldives.
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31 August 2011

Photographers Focus on the World of 7 Billion

PHNOM PENH – A photo competition with the theme “Maternal and Child Health” was launched in April as part of UNFPA's 7 Billion Actions campaign in Cambodia.  The event gave an opportunity for photographers to share their best shots with everyone.
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27 August 2011

Cambodia: Bus Campaign to Raise Awareness on 7 Billion Population

PHNOM PENH – A new cross-country bus campaign had been launched to educate Cambodians on what it will be like living on an increasingly crowded planet. Several members of the Khmer Youth and Social Development (KYSD) had provided lectures to bus passengers on the problems Cambodia faces from unchecked population growth. Running from 27 August to 16 October, the bus campaign is part of UNFPA's 7 Billion Actions iniative in Cambodia.
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13 August 2011

Debate Competition Highlights Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs of Youth

COLOMBO – The first nationwide youth led debate competition on adolescent sexual and reproductive health was held in the Sri Lankan capital in celebration of the International Year of Youth. The event came at an important time as the population of young people in the country is at 5.6 million – the highest in Sri Lanka’s demographic history.
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11 July 2011

KYSD Takes 7 Billion Campaign to Streets

PHNOM PENH – In celebration of the World Population Day, the Khmer Youth and Social Development (KYSD) organized a street campaign to raise awareness on the world's fast-growing population. Young people in shirts that spelled out “7 BILLION” marched on the main streets of the city and distributed leaflets.
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11 July 2011

UNFPA Draws Attention to Population Issues as World at 7 Billion Approaches

MANILA – Nearly 2,000 people marched in the country's capital on the World Population Day to draw attention to several population issues that the Philippines is now facing, including poverty, gender inequality and migration. Among the march participants were representatives from the government, civil society and faith-based organizations.
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11 July 2011

UN Campaign to Highlight Challenges and Opportunities in a World of 7 Billion

BANGKOK – As human numbers climb towards a new milestone, UNFPA is launching a global initiative to highlight the critical role population concerns will play in shaping our future.
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