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State of World Population 2011

People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion

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In late 2011, the global population will reach 7 billion, up from 6 billion in barely 12 years. This Report examines how the world got to this milestone, mentioning factors such as the big strides in health care that allow older people to live longer, more children to survive to adulthood and beyond, as well as policies and other initiatives that allow women to play a stronger role in society. This overview includes analysis of the latest demographic trends, such as the unprecedented youth bulge, as well as projections and implications for the quality of life of women, men and young people. The Report includes original reporting from China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, India, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

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Sharing and sustaining earth’s resources

The global economic growth since the 1992 Earth Summit that lifted millions of people out poverty also came “with a price tag,” a cost “that is increasingly born by the poor and the vulnerable on this planet including in many of the least developed countries, United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director Achim Steiner said in May 2011 at a United Nations conference.

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