Nyasa Times on 22 October reported that deaths for children under five remain at a high rate. According to recently released statistics 30 of every 1,000 newborns die within the first 28 days of life. "UNFPA assistant resident Dorothy Nyasulu attributed the increase in under-five child deaths to lack of enough medical assistance to pregnant women in early stage of their pregnancy and after giving birth." Read in English: Nyasa Times
Nyasa Times reported on 18 August that a United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) official says it is possible for couples who have sex preferences to determine whether to have a baby boy or baby girl. Thomas Munthali, UNFPA Programmes Manager for Population and Development, was speaking in Dedza during a public lecture on population and development which was attended by chiefs and district executive committee (DEC) members.
During the lecture, one of the participants identified sex preference as one of the factors that is contributing to rapid population growth. The participant said some families who give birth to children of a same sex continue bearing children with the hope of bearing a child of a different sex. “Couples who have sex preferences should seek medical guidance. There are certain methods that can be followed to increase the probability of having a male child or a female one. However, the methods are not a guarantee,” he said.
Munthali advised that couples should just decide on the number of children to have instead of focusing on their sex. He however, urged the participants to encourage girl's education saying women who went to school cannot be easily manipulated by their husbands to have more children than they can afford. Read in English: Nyasa Times
Nyasa Times reported on 17 August that the Minister of Youth Development and Sports, Enoch Chihana, said the government was taking all necessary steps to ensure that youth in the country were given opportunities to participate in development projects. Chihana was speaking in Salima during the International Youth Day Commemoration celebrated belatedly in Malawi.
Speaking at the commemorative event, UNFPA country representative, Athanase Nzokirishaka, emphasized the need for educating, protecting and empowering young people so that the country develops. “We need to significantly increase our efforts in creating employment schemes in the country,” said Nzokirishaka. The event was celebrated under the theme “Building a Better Malawi, Partnering with the Youth." Read in English: Nyasa Times
Zodiak online, a web publication by Zodiak Radio, reported on 17 August that in Malawi now, strides have been made on the management of fistula cases. The radio quoted Malawi’s President Joyce Banda who said, “I wish to ask the Minister of Health to ensure that the Ministry of Health accords the issue of fistula the necessary attention. I know UNFPA conducts fistula repair camps twice a year in June and November. This is not enough and I urge the Ministry to do more campaigns and mount more fistula repair camps.” Read in English: Zodiak Online
Nyasa Times reported on 16 August that the youth in Malawi have asked the PP-led government to review the defunct Malawi Young Pioneers (MYP) concept with the aim of adapting it to a youth programme that will promote skills development in traditional sectors such as agriculture. The youth also urged Malawi President Mrs. Joyce Banda to appoint young professionals in parastatal boards and commissions to represent youth interests and also as one way of orienting them on government systems. The calls were made during belated regional commemorations on the International Youth Day held at the Mzuzu Youth centre on 16 August.
UNFPA Consultant on Youth Programme Emmily Kamwendo said youth have power but queried their contribution to Malawi’s development despite comprising a larger percent of the population. Read in English: Nyasa Times
Zodiak Online on 27 July reported that, at a staggering 13 million, the population of Malawi continues to grow, according to population experts. The many children Malawians are having are hindering economic growth, according to Minister of Economic Planning and Development Atupele Muluzi.
He was speaking at an event to commemorate the 2012 World Population Day. This year’s theme is “Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services.” UNFPA was part of the commemorative event.
“Family planning is a basic human right and it remains meaningless, unless individuals and couples have access to contraceptives, information and services to enable them to exercise that right,” said Athanasie Nzokirishaka, the representative of the UNFPA to Malawi. Read in English: Zodiak Online
The Nation on 27 July reported that UNFPA recently awarded people who have made significant contributions towards universal access to reproductive health. The awards were made during the 2012 World Population Day commemoration on 25 July.
Nation Publications Limited Features Editor Edyth Kambalame was among nine individuals and institutions that received the award.
UNFPA Representative Athanase Nzokirishaka said the awardees are ordinary men and women whose contributions often go unnoticed yet they have helped build the health of many families through family planning, reduced maternal deaths and contribute to youth friendly health services. Read in English: The Nation
The Nation reported on 15 December that up to 400 women suffering from fistula have been treated since 2009 through fistula camps run by the Malawi government, with assistance from the United Nations Population Fund.
Although Malawi has no specific data on the extent of the fistula problem, a UNFPA survey in 2009 indicated that the problem is rampant, especially in rural areas with data collected from hospital records and through community surveys in nine districts revealing that 1,581 women had fistula that year. Read in English: The Nation
The Nation on 11 December reported that UNFPA in Malawi conducted a fistula camp at Thyolo hospital. According to UNFPA, every minute, one woman dies and another 20 suffer from a devastating disability, including obstetric fistula. Fistula is prevalent where maternal death is highest, especially where emergency obstetric care, referral systems and infrastructure are poor.
UNFPA Malawi Reproductive Health Officer Grace Hiwa said 53 women had their fistulas repaired during the camp held in Thyolo. In 2011, 107 women were repaired in Malawi with the assistance of UNFPA. Hiwa said UNFPA also funds a project at Nkhoma Hospital in Lilongwe where women are constantly repaired.
According to the UNFPA, research findings show that obstetric fistula is excessively high where women lack education, economic autonomy, decision-making power and access to appropriate reproductive health services, including emergency obstetric care. Furthermore, maternal health is closely linked to social context and cultural norms and behaviours. Read in English: The Nation
Zodiak on 3 December reported that close to 200 women suffering from fistula have now been treated, thanks to United Nations Population Fund and the ministry of health for organizing special camps where the women were treated.
Reproductive health program officer for UNFPA Mrs. Grace Hiwa says it is pleasing to note that a lot of women are now coming forward to be repaired.
53 of the 170 women accessed the treatment during the second and last fistula camp this year which was conducted at Thyolo district hospital running from November 7 to December 3.
This now brings the number of women who have received treatment from the problem to at least 450 since the fistula camps were initiated in the year 2007.
Hiwa told Zodiak Online in an interview that the turn up for the last fistula camp which ended on December 3 was overwhelming.
She noted that there is an increase in the number of women now with the fistula condition who are developing interest to be treated at the hospital for the better.
Apart from Malawian women, the camps are also benefiting women from Mozambique who take advantage to get repaired from the fistula condition.
Although the magnitude of the fistula problem is not yet known in the country due to the absence of a proper research, UNFPA promises to continue organizing the camps and training medical personnel on how to repair women with this condition to increase the number of health providers currently with the passion to help these women.
Early pregnancy seems to be one of the causes leading to most young women developing fistula besides prolonged labor resulting from long distances taken by women as they travel to the hospital when they are in labor. Read in English: Zodiak
The Nation on 23 November reported that the Malawi government, with assistance from UNFPA, has been conducting sensitization campaigns in some parts of the country encouraging women to go for treatment for fistula. They are also running fistula camps since 2009. These fistula camps treat and repair the affected women.
Although Malawi has no national data on obstetric fistula, UNFPA survey in 2009 revealed that the problem is rampant, especially in rural areas. Data collected from hospital records and through community surveys in nine districts, reveals that a total of 1 581 women had fistula that year. Most often the data is not precise because most women going through the problem feel embarrassed to disclose their condition.
So far, the fistula camps have been held at Zomba Central Hospital and currently, a similar camp is being held at Thyolo District Hospital. The camp started on November 7 and will run for four weeks up to December 3.
Thyolo is one of the districts with high fistula cases alongside Mangochi, Mchinji, Phalombe and Nkhata Bay.
“Since these camps started we have been able to assist at least 400 women,” said UNFPA national programme officer for reproductive health, Grace Hiwa, saying this year alone the camp is expecting to treat almost 100 women.
Apart from such treatments and repairs, Hiwa said dealing with the problem does not only require discouraging early pregnancies, but also encouraging pregnant women to get professional medical help when giving birth. Read in English: The Nation
The Daily Times reported on 21 November that UNFPA has joined with a US-based organization, Population Action International, to strengthen learning on the linkages of population and climate change by developing a series of training materials through the UN Climate Change learning platform (UNCC), a partnership of 30 UN agencies which supports member states.
According to the UNFPA country office in Malawi, unsustainable natural resources costs Malawi US$191 million, or 5.3 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) each year.
“To put this into this context, Malawi’s economic development and social well-being depends, to a large extent, on the country’s natural base for exports, national food security, energy and water provision. Over 80 per cent of the population is dependent on agriculture for their incomes and broader livelihoods. Not surprisingly Malawi has one of the highest levels of deforestation in the world,” says Gift Malunga, UNFPA deputy representative.
Malunga adds that rapid population growth, migration, urbanization and other demographic trends impact people’s vulnerability to the negative effects of climate change.
UNFPA observes that as the population grows, more pressure will be exerted on the country’s subsistence agricultural system as family farmland is fragmented into smaller uneconomic units. In addition, the rural to urban migration will increase with negative socio-economic implications on women, children and the elderly.
Zodiak Radio on its online edition reported on 15 November that statistics from the past fistula camps, organized with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), indicate that 38 per cent of the fistula cases so far treated through the camps are due to medical injuries.
UNFPA National programme officer for reproductive health, Mrs. Grace Hiwa, told Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) that experience has shown that there are some fistula cases which do not arise because of prolonged labour but poor handling of women in labour by medical clinicians in the country’s hospitals and health centers.
Meanwhile, the fourth fistula camp which commenced on 7 November and is expected to end on 3 December is under way at Thyolo district hospital where at least 40 women are expected to be repaired from the fistula problem they have been experiencing in their lives. National Programme Officer for Reproductive Health at the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, Mrs. Grace Hiwa suggests that there is need to mentor medical clinicians for them to handle women properly, particularly those delivering babies through operations. She further bemoaned the lack of proper research to determine the magnitude of the problem in the country. She believes statistics from such research would assist in developing clear interventions on how to treat fistula cases since causes of the condition in the country will be known.
Close to 400 women have been treated, with the majority getting healed completely, since the concept of fistula camps was initiated in the year 2007. Read in English: Zodiak Radio
Nyasa Times reported on 15 November that Malawi has become one of the first nations in the world to build a team of experts on linking population dynamics and climate change.
This follows a successful training workshop on population dynamics and climate change, organized jointly by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Washington DC-based Population Action International (PAI). UNFPA and PAI, are developing a series of training materials around population dynamics and climate change to be included in the UN CC Learn which is a partnership of 30 UN agencies which supports member states and other developing partners in designing and implementing results-oriented and sustainable learning to address climate change.
The draft Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS 11) recognizes that efforts to slowing population growth are mutually reinforcing with those aimed at improving environmental protection, reducing poverty and achieving economic progress. “The strategy clearly defines climate change, natural resources and environmental management as one of the key development priorities making it one of the nine priorities within priorities,” UNFPA Deputy Resident Representative Gift Malunga said when she opened the workshop. Talking about the training, Malunga said by highlighting the links between population dynamics and climate change, donors, government and various stakeholders will commit more resources towards tackling these development-binding constraints.
In her closing remarks, UNFPA Assistant Resident Representative Dorothy Nyasulu said the time has now come to stop rhetoric but take action and make a difference. Various papers presented at the workshop exposed particular aspects of the linkages between population and climate change in Malawian scenario. Read in English: Nyasa Times
The Nation reported on 7 November that a drug crisis continues in the country’s health centre. According to UNFPA Resident Representative Athanase Nzokirishaka, government has failed to reform the drug procurement system, forcing donors to set up parallel distribution structures for key drugs such as anti-retrovirals and anti-malaria. Nzokirishaka told a joint review of health programmes recently that the current shortage of drugs in the public health sector is due to theft, corruption and inefficiencies characterised by the national drug supply chain.
Zodiak published on its online edition on 7 November that local companies supplying public hospitals with medical equipment and drugs say they fear closing shop as the government is not honoring bills on time such that maintenance of operations is having negative cost-implications on the companies.
UNFPA says the Malawi government has failed to reform the drug procurement system. UNFPA Resident Representative Athanase Nzokirishaka recently told a local newspaper that the scenario has actually forced donors to set up parallel distribution structures for key drugs such as anti-retroviral and anti malaria. Nzokirishaka told a joint review of health programmes recently that the current shortage of drugs in the public health sector is due to theft, corruption and inefficiencies characterized by the national drug supply chain. Read in English: Zodiak
ALBANIA: Top Channel on 31 October published comments on the 7 billion by UNFPA Albania Assistant Representative Manuela Bello who was interviewd for Wake Up. Read in English: Top Channel
ARGENTINA: La Nación on 31 October published an interview with UNFPA Regional Director Marcela Suazo in which they talked about the magnitude and the challenges the new demographic trends imply. Read in Spanish: La Nación
BANGLADESH: The Daily Star on 31 October reported on the birth of the first (symbolic) Bangladeshi newborn.
The Independent on 2 November reported that on 29 October, a youth flash mob was organized to mark the birth of the 7 billionth child in celebration of UNFPA's 7 Billion Actions Campaign.
The Independent on 31 October published an article on the inauguration by UNFPA of 30 buses branded with"7 Billion Actions Campaign." Through this publicity, UNFPA hopes to raise awareness.
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: Multiple media outlets reported on 31 October and 1 November about the population reaching 7 billion connecting it to the recently launched State of World Population 2011 report. In addition to print media, Mr. Faris Hadrovic, UNFPA Assistant Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, was interviewed by Al-Jazeera Balkans, TV Sarajevo, TV Liberty and Radio Slobodna Europe where he further explained the meaning of the population reaching 7 billion and issues covered in SoWP2011 focusing on the situation in the world and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Read in Bosnian: Sarajevo-x.com, SlobodnaEuropa.org, Vijesti.ba Watch in Bosnian: TV Liberty
BURKINA FASO: Sidwaya on 1 November pushed an interview with the UNFPA Representative for Burkina Faso Mamadou Kanté. This interview was an opportunity for the Representative of UNFPA/Burkina to highlight the importance of considering the implications and challenges of a growing population. He is quoted saying, "on October 31st, 2011, the world population is going to pass to 7 billion inhabitants. This event is very important. It is not only symbolic, but also it is the real success to see that there are 7 billion inhabitants on the ground, that most are healthy and lively longer. However, it is necessary to remember that these inhabitants face several challenges. That is why this celebration is going to give the opportunity to think about all of these questions at the world, regional and country level." Read in French: Sidwaya
Sidwaya on 2 November reported on the ceremony of the Day of 7 billions entitled "7 billion inhabitants on the earth. Challenges, but also opportunities." Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development Pr. Jean Kouldiaty, representing the Prime Minister, chaired the ceremony which took place on 31 October in Ouagadougou in the presence of the Minister of Economy and Finance, Minister of Health, the Representative of the UNFPA/Burkina and Mrs. Secretary Permanent of the National Council of the Population. At the end of the ceremony, Dr. Mamadou Kanté, Representative of the UNFPA/Burkina supported in his interview that "The proportion of the population exposed to the maternal mortality, to the food insecurity, to the scarcities of waters, to the disasters resultant of the climatic phenomena increases faster than previously " and also that, "At the world level, we live longer and in better health.” Read in French: Sidwaya
L’Observateur Paalga on 3 November reported on the ceremony of the Day of 7 billion under the title "7 billion people, So many problems." The article announced the end of the campaign of "A world of 7 billions" which launched on 11 July at the World Population Day celebration. The ceremony of “the Day of 7 billions “ was held on 31 October in Ouagadougou. Dr. Mamadou Kanté, Representative of the UNFPA/Burkina in his interview said that the world grew rich and the world population is less poor and more educated and in better health today. However enormous disparities persist and redoubtable challenges are to be raised to ensure a better quality of life for women and people in the future. Read in French: L’Observateru Paalga
CAMBODIA: Bayon News Television and Women’s Media Centre Radio reported on 2 November and 4 November that young people from different universities, NGOs and social networks gathered in Sihanoukvill province to mark the world at 7 billion people. It is an auspicious moment in human history as the population reaches 7 billion by 31 October. Mr. May Tum, assistant representative for UNFPA emphasized at the event that the range of population issues that countries have to deal with in the 21st century is much wider than it was 50 years ago – not only population growth, but also ageing, rapid urbanization and migration. A world of seven billion has implications for sustainability, access to health services and youth empowerment.
National Radio of Kampuchea reported on 2 November that the world population reaches 7 billion by the end of October 2011. Mr. Tum May, Assistant Representative of the UN Population Fund, UNFPA said that on 31 October 2011, the world population hit 7 billion and population issues now are different from 50 years ago. He added that population growth brings achievements and challenges that have implications to everyone. “Today is a moment, a milestone of human history that allows us to see achievements and opportunities as population growth affect everyone living in this planet. In addition, it is a chance to call for actions from everybody and inspire increased global commitment to contribute towards the improved well-being and sustainability of a world with 7 billion people,” said Mr. May Tum.
CAMEROON: Journal du Cameroun published on 3 November, an interview with Alain Sibenaler, UNFPA representative. Mr. Sibenaler emphasized the importance of the role of youth -representing 90% of developing countries' population- in taking up the challenges of the world at 7 billion. Read in French: Journal du Cameroun
Ariane Television on 1 November invited UNFPA Representative Alain Sibenaler as a special guest on its midday programme to talk about the challenges and opportunities of a world at 7billion and its implications for Cameroon. Mr. Sibenaler also talked about UNFPA efforts contributing to maternal mortality reduction and youth unemployment in the country.
CAPE VERDE: TCV, A Nacao, Inforpress, Expresso das ilhas, and SA Com Agencias on 31 October reported on an event celebrating the symbolic birth of the 7 billion baby in Praia at the Central Hospital. The event was a joint project of UNFPA, the Ministry of Health and the Journalist Network. The President of the Republic, His Excellence Jorge Carlos Fonseca, was associated with this initiative which calls attention to the responsibility of every individual to collaborate for a better world for this new generation.
Present were Mrs. Cristina Fontes from the Ministry of Health , the UNFPA Representative and UN Coordinator, Mrs. Petra Lantz, the Director of the Hospital Mrs. Ricardina Andrade and the Director of Maternity, Dr. Fatima Sapinho.
COLOMBIA: El Tiempo and El Espectador reported the arrival of the 7 billionth inhabitant Danica, the Philippine baby, on 31 October. "The world and its 7billion people are a complex set of trends and paradoxes", but population growth is part of the "essential truths worldwide," said the representative of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) in the Philippines, Ugochi Daniels. Read in Spanish: El Tiempo, El Espectador and El Espectador
COMOROS: Albalad on 1 November reported on the globally anticipated birth of the 7 billionth human. UN agencies, notably the United Nations Population Fund, planned a number of events around the symbolic birth. In Comoros, a gift was given to the mothers of infants born on the celebrated date.
CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE): The journal de Brazza published on 4 November UNFPA Representative David Lawson's op-ed entitled: "Addressing the challenges of hunger and Poverty in a World at 7 Billion." David Lawson outlines that demographic growth will present unprecedented challenges to mankind. Bearing current massive changes affecting the world, through global and Congo lenses, he focuses on the need to address hunger through massive agricultural investments and poverty through economic growth and massive social investments, including in reproductive health. Read in French: The journal de Brazza
DRTV, MN TV, Top TV, Canal Benedictions and Radio-Congo on 31 October broadcast UNFPA Representative David Lawson’s address to the Congolese population on the occasion of the world reaching the 7 billion people's milestone on 31 October, and its implications for Congo and its populations. In a sober and short address, delivered from UNFPA Representation in Brazzaville, David Lawson drew a portrait of the world today and outlined the urgent actions, responsibilities and solidarities needed to protect its 7 billion inhabitants, and future generations: environment protection, planned urbanization, economic and agriculture growth, youth employment and social policies.
Les Depeches de Brazzaville published on 31 October an exclusive interview of UNFPA Representative David Lawson on the implications for the world and Congo of a world at 7 billion people. Mr. Lawson focused on the linkages between economic and demographic growth and concluded that responsibility, solidarity and action were what would define the world's and Congo's future. He said, "Individual and collective responsibility; solidarity, among rich and poor, women and men, young and older, valid and disabled, and among State and non State actors at the international level; and action by Governments and their 7 billion people can prepare a better world for all." Read in French: Les Depeches de Brazzaville
Les Depeches de Brazzaville and Journal de Brazza published an op-ed by UNFPA Representative David Lawson entitled: "Shaping a Better World for All" whereby he outlines some of the key challenges and opportunities confronted by world leaders today and the need for them to act now: youth, ageing, urbanization, economic growth, food and agriculture, development financing and aid. Read in French: Les Depeches de Brazzaville and Journal de Brazza
Tele-Congo broadcast on 31 October a television debate on population ageing, in the context of the world at 7 billion. Invited along with two population ageing experts, UNFPA Rep. David Lawson underlined the challenges and opportunities of an ageing world. He stressed the need for Congo to define a specific ageing population plan, referred to his positive discussion with Senate President on a national law protecting the rights of older persons, the need for social protection and pensions and to integrate ageing in plans for the future.
DPR of KOREA: Pyongyang Times and Korean Central News Agency reported on 1 and 5 November on the day of 7 billion. A number of events were held at Yanggakdo International Hotel in Pyongyang. A UNFPA representative was present at the events. Speakers talked about the importance of the 7 Billion Actions Campaign and the SWOP report was presented.
ETHIOPIA: Afro FM 105.3 reported on 31 October on the birth of Ethiopia's 7 billionth baby. "UNFPA Ethiopia country representative Benoit Kalasa (PhD) says the whole purpose of the 7 billion campaign and the recognition of the baby is to encourage people and governments do their best to provide the 7th billion and other babies proper education, health and social services, among others." Read in English: Afro FM 105.3
FINLAND: Multiple, web, radio and broadcasting media outlets reported on the world of 7 billion referring to the State of World Population report and UNFPA between 23 and 31 October. Most of the articles conveyed a balanced message on challenges and possibilities related to population dynamics. Read, view and listen in Finnish: Helsingin Sanomat, Helsingin Sanomat, Maailma, Hufvudstadsbladet, YLE, Finnish Broadcasting Services, MTV3, Nelonen
GABON: L'Union, Gabon-Matin and Africa No 1 reported on 2 November on the end of the 7 billion Campaign led by UNFPA in Gabon. The Campaign, started on 14 July and punctuated by various social, fun and educational activities, ended on 31 October when the world reached the 7 billion milestone, with a ceremony under the auspices of Health Vice-Minister Nziengui Mihindou and UNDP/UNDPA Representative Hadj Hammou. In presence of youth organizations and UN Representatives, it was recalled that youth (60% in Gabon) was at the forefront of the future of this world and they should be provided the means to be productive. A baby girl named Destinee was the first Gabonese baby born on 31 October.
GEORGIA: Interpressnews reported that on 31 October, in the framework of the 7 billion actions campaign, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) initiated a youth conference. The conference “World of 7 Billion - Vision of Youth” was hosted by the Youth International Relations Department at Tbilisi Youth Palace and was dedicated to the world population of 7 billion.
It has already been a decade that the youth conferences have been held in partnership with the Youth International Relations Department at Tbilisi Youth Palace through the financial support of the UNFPA Georgia Office. The topics of the conference papers, prepared by young people vary every year to reflect the real life issues and concerns for the whole world and particularly for Georgia. This year the topics of the conference reflected the issues related to a world of 7 billion, such as: poverty and population, the reproductive health & rights of women and girls, ageing, urban growth, environment, reproductive health of young people and ecology. “United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is marking this milestone worldwide. The role of young people is of paramount significance in the world of 7 billion, which is full of challenges and opportunities and require immediate actions. The vision and actions of youth will determine future population trends,” said Ms. Tamar Khomasuridze, Assistant Representative, UNFPA/Georgia. Read in English: Interpressnews
Radio Tavisufleba (Radio Liberty) conducted on 31 October an interview with UNFPA Georgia Assistant Representative, Tamar Khomasuridze, Mr. Paata Shavishvili, Head of the Population Census and Demography Division of Geostat and the demographer Gia Suladze marking the day of seven billion. Listen in Georgian: Radio Tavisufleba Read in Georgian: Radio Tavisufleba
GUATEMALA: Nuestro Diario, Siglo 21, Prensa Libre, La Hora y CERIGUA, reported from 31 October to 7 November that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), joined by national authorities, celebrated the arrival of the 7 billionth human in a visit to Roosevelt National Hospital, where they met the Guatemalan "7 billion baby" Madisson Alessandra, who was born on 31 October. Mrs. Leonor Calderon Artieda, the UNFPA Guatemala Representative called for national policy to guarantee rights to all people. Read in Spanish: Nuestro Diario, Siglo21, Prensa Libre La Hora
GUYANA: The Guyana Chronicle on 1 November reported that UNFPA honoured the first six babies born at Georgetown Public Hospital. Assistant Representative for UNFPA Patrice La Fleur announced the launch of the SWOP report in the article and said that UNFPA pledges to work with the Health Ministry to help give the upcoming generation the lives they deserve. Read in English: Guyana Chronicle
INDONESIA: The Jakarta Globe published on 31 October a picture of the UNFPA Indonesia campaign to mark the World at 7 Billion held on Sunday, 30 October on the occasion of the Car Free Day. Similar pictures about the event were published on national newspaper Kompas daily and Antarfoto.co.id. Read in Indonesian: ANTARA and ANTARA
Kompas newspaper published on 31 October an op-ed piece written by a leading Indonesian demographer Mrs. Sri Moertiningsih Adioetomo about the World at 7 Billion and the opportunities it brings economically if the government issues the right policy. She explained that when the country’s economic growth reaches 8 percent it is a big opportunity that we should grab. Indonesian demographic transition in which fertility and mortality rates are relatively low– offers a ‘bonus’ to maximize the economic growth.
The article also highlighted 7 themes in relation to the world at 7 billion that Indonesia also has to consider, which include: reducing poverty and equality can slow population growth, unleashing the power of women and girls can accelerate progress, being energetic and open to new technologies, young people can transform the global politics and culture, ensuring that every child is wanted, and every childbirth is safe can lead to smaller and stronger families, each of us depends on a healthy planet, so we must all help to protect the environment, promoting the health and productivity of older people can mitigate the challenge and anticipating the fact that the next 2 billion people will live in cities.
ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN: Islamic Republic News Agency reported on 1 November on the day of 7 billion and quoted UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin that, “We must ensure that, in areas of the world where population is growing fast, we raise the status of women and young girls to be able to access education and make choices for themselves.”
LAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC: KPL News on 2 November reported that on 31 October, the world's seven billionth human being will be born and she/he could be born in the Lao PDR, according to the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA. In Lao PDR, the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) are organizing an activity to mark the Day of Seven Billion. MPI and MoH Vice Ministers gave a remark and offered welcome gift baskets with health information and a birth certificate to the mothers and the babies born on this important date at the Mahosot Hospital to symbolically represent the 7 Billionth person in the world.
Vientiane Times on 1 November reported that experts have encouraged the Lao government to reduce social and economic inequities and find ways to ensure the well-being of the country's citizens by establishing strong policies regarding population issues. Lao and overseas experts delivered the message yesterday at a ceremony held at Mahosot Hospital in Vientiane to mark the day the global population is estimated to have reached 7 billion people. Read in English: Vientiane Times
Xinhua on 31 October and Siam Daily News on 1 November reported that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) collaborated with the Lao government to celebrate the Day of Seven Billion on Monday by offering gifts to mothers and babies born at Mahosot Hospital in Laos' capital of Vientiane on the important date. Read in English: Xinhua and Siam Daily News
Vientiane Times on 31 October published an op-ed by UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin on the Day of 7 Billion.
LEBANON: Al Sharq el Awsat reported on 5 November on the birth of the Lebanese 7 Billion Baby. The article was entitled “World Population Reached 7 billion…Lebanon Welcomes the Event with an Awareness Campaign.” The article describes UNFPA Lebanon’s hospital-based initiative and features a picture of 5 newborn babies from Saida. The article starts by describing UNFPA’s welcome packages distributed to newborns and their mothers in 17 public hospitals throughout the country. The article goes on by extensively elaborating on the 7 themes of the campaign. It provides analysis and UNFPA statistics on Lebanon for each of these subjects. Read in Arabic: Al Sharq El Awsat
Al Moustaqbal published an article on 2 November on the World at 7 Billion Campaign. The article is part of the partnership UNFPA Lebanon is implementing with the media to draw attention to the significance of the event and to increase understanding of the specific challenges implied on Lebanon by this population milestone. Entitled “Lebanon in world of 7 billion,” the article is an op-ed by Dr. Adnan Mroueh, former Minister of Public Health. It addresses a number of themes, namely poverty, women, youth and population ageing from policy-level perspectives. This article follows an earlier one published in October tackling population growth from the global perspective. Read in Arabic: Al Moustaqbal
An Nahar published special corners on 31 October, 1 November and 2 November. These corners are part of the media-UNFPA Lebanon partnership to increase understanding of the specific challenges implied on Lebanon by a world population of 7 billion. The 31 October piece featured a caricatured and four articles addressing fertility and population dynamics, a portrait of the 6 Billion child, an overview of population theories and women and reproduction. The 1 November piece included four articles on specific themes of the campaign including the Lebanese 7 Billion baby, consumption and environmental pollution, and environmental sustainability. The 2 November piece was dedicated to Lebanon’s “suburbs” with three distinct articles addressing population trends and challenges in the Palestinian Camps, the Armenian suburb (Bourj Hammoud) and Beirut’s Southern Suburb (Dahieh). All articles include analysis by renowned national experts and national statistics. Read in Arabic: 31 October Corner Introduction, Article 1, Article 2, Article 3, Article 4, Caricature; 1 November Corner: Introduction, Article 1, Article 2, Article 3; 2 November Corner: Article 1, Article 2, Article 3
The Daily Star reported on 1 November on the birth of the Lebanese 7 Billion Baby. The article describes UNFPA Lebanon’s hospital-based initiative and features a picture of 7 newborn babies from Saida as well as quotes from a midwife and a mother. It mentions UNFPA’s welcome packages distributed to newborns and their mothers - including promotional 7B material as well as informative pamphlets providing guidance on neonatal, family planning and sexual and reproductive health. In addition, a birth certificate was given to the newborn pledging his/her commitment to the 7 key messages worded in a baby-friendly way. The article ends by addressing the challenges of a world of 7 Billion and quoting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Read in English: The Daily Star
Multiple media outlets reported on 1 November on the birth of the 7 billionth baby, from a global perspective. Relying on international news agencies, the articles featured pictures of the global 7B baby and addressed the importance of the milestone. The nationality of the iconic baby varied between Filipino, Turkish, Yemeni and Russian. Read in Arabic: Al Sharq El Awsat, An Nahar, An Nahar 2, An Nahar 3, As Safir, Al Balad, Al Joumhouriya, Now Lebanon, El Nashra, Naharnet 1, Naharnet 2
Lorient Le Jour reported on 1 November on the birth of the 7 billionth baby, from a global perspective. Relying on international news agencies, the articles featured pictures of the global 7B baby and addressed the importance of the milestone using UNFPA messages. Read in French: Lorient Le Jour
Lorient le jour reported on November 1 on the world of 7 billion. The report consists of a 3-minute vox pop video in the streets of Beirut, whereby people express their understanding and fears towards the population milestone: food security, health, environment and water scarcity come up as the most cited challenges. The descriptive caption of the video mentions UNFPA’s campaign and quotes UNFPA Executive Director. Watch in French/Arabic: Lorient Le Jour
Noursat reported on 31 October on the initiative UNFPA is conducting to welcome newborns on the day of 7 Billion. This event aims to highlight the symbolic importance of the day of 7 Billion and is carried out jointly with the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health and the Lebanese Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 17 public hospitals throughout the Lebanese regions. On that day, midwives will be distributing welcome packages to newborns and their mothers. The package includes promotional material centred around the 7 billion logo and messages as well as informative pamphlets providing guidance on neonatal, family planning and sexual and reproductive health. The media was invited to cover the event. Read in Arabic: Nour Sat
As Safir published an opinion on 31 October on the 7 Billion milestone. The article adopts a global approach to the population milestone and describes UNFPA’s campaign and its main themes. The article provides global statistics illustrating population trends. Read in Arabic: As Safir
The Daily Star reported on 31 October on the 7 billion Campaign. The article adopts a global approach and describes UNFPA’s campaign and its main themes. The article provides global statistics illustrating population trends, quotes the UN Secretary-General and UNFPA Executive Director and mentions the 2011 Sate of World Population Report. Read in English: Daily Star
Al Balad reported on 31 October about UNFA’s 7 Billion Campaign. This one-page article described the campaign led by UNFPA. Based on UNFPA sources, the article shed light on the challenges facing Lebanon and provided national data. Particular emphasis was given to population ageing. The article also mentioned the UNFPA’s joint initiative with the Ministry of Public Health and the Lebanese Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology consisting of welcoming newborns in 18 Lebanese hospitals on the day of 7 Billion. Read in Arabic: Al Balad
Several Arabic-speaking newspapers on 31 October reserved their daily caricature for the 7 Billion milestone. All caricatures focused on the pressure such population increase is exerting on the globe. See in Arabic: An Nahar, Al Sharq El Awsat, Al Mustaqbal
Multiple media outlets reported between 31 October and 1 November on the birth of Lebanon’s 7 billion baby. Future TV, Future News TV, MTV and NBN reported 31 October on the birth of the Lebanese 7 Billionth Baby. The reports, between 2 to 3 minutes in length, were screened during primetime and focused on UNFPA’s campaign. Al Akhbar kicked off their article by reporting on UNFPA Lebanon’s hospital-based initiative organized jointly by UNFPA with the Ministry of Public Health and the Lebanese Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The piece then extensively addresses the need for new population policy and provides a historical overview of the governmental position on the issues. Al Mustaqbaland and Saida Online described UNFPA’s campaign and the symbolic initiative in the hospitals, notably the distribution of packages to newborns and their mothers - including the babies’ 7 resolutions for addressing the challenges of a world of 7 billion, as well as informative SRH pamphlets. As Safir quotes UNFPA Lebanon’s Assistant Representative and provides evidence based in-depth analysis of societal trends and changes in fertility trends in Lebanon, as well as the resulting implications on the national level. Read in Arabic: Al Akhbar, Middle East Panorama, Al Mustaqbal, Saida Online, As Safir
Sawt el Mada, Future TV, OTV and Tele Lumiere covered the 7 Billion Campaign on 31 October. The shows addressed UNFPA’s campaign and its main themes. National experts were brought on to provide analysis to national statistics and data. The shows also mentioned the UNFPA’s joint initiative with the ministry of Public Health consisting of welcoming newborns in 18 Lebanese hospitals on the day of 7 Billion.
MALDIVES: Fuvahmulah on 2 November reported that “Maldives Cricket became a part of the UNFPA Maldives “7 billion meehun” campaign on the opening the day of the SARC Twenty20 Cup cricket tournament held in Fuvahmulah on 1 October 2011. Thirty-one youth and children accompanied the Sri Lankan and Nepalese team as they lined up for the opening of the exciting Group 2 match of the tournament. The Global “7 billion actions” campaign run by UNFPA aims to raise awareness of the opportunities and challenges of a 7 billion population. In Maldives the UNFPA is conducting several activities to mark the event in collaboration with government agencies, NGOs and other institutions.” Read in English: Fuvahmulah
MALAWI: The Nation on 6 November reported that that Mayamiko Kachipande, the mother of Malawi’s seven billionth baby, is not yet done with motherhood. Her ambition is to have two more.
UNFPA says controlling the global as well as Malawi’s fertility rate is one of the challenges that have to be reflected as the world surpassed the seven billion population mark. UNFPA Malawi Deputy Representative Gift Malunga observed that while women on average are having fewer children than they used to have in the 1960s, the population continues to rise with Malawi’s population growth standing at 2.8 percent.
“High fertility rates continue to hamper development and perpetuate poverty. We really need to look at ways of reducing the fertility rate if we have to effectively reduce inequities and improve the living standards for our people as well as for generations to follow,” she said. Malunga said the seven billion population presents a challenge, an opportunity and a call to action. One action is to ensure that women are allowed to have fewer children than their mothers and grandmothers did. Read in English: The Nation
The Daily Times reported on 1 November that UNFPA Malawi joined the world in commemorating the 7 billion milestone on 31 October in Mangochi where one of seven babies born after midnight on 31 October at Mangochi District Hospital was identified as the world's 7 billionth baby in Malawi. The baby boy born to Mayamiko Kachipande at 3 a.m. has added to the population of Mangochi district, which currently stands at 881,085 with a growth rate of 3.7 percent, according to the District Commissioner Thomas Chirwa.
Commemorated under the theme '7 billion People, counting on each other', UNFPA Deputy Representative Gift Malunga said the 7 billion mark was a reminder to governments and partners to accelerate education for girls which would result in improved maternal and child health but also an increase in women accessing family planning and reduction in early marriages. She said government and its partners would then have to work hard to provide access to family planning methods and strengthen health care systems. Read in English: The Daily Times
The Nation reported on 1 November that Malawi and UNFPA joined the world in unveiling its seven billionth baby. The unveiling of the baby in Mangochi marked the day when the world reached the 7 billion mark. UNFPA Deputy Country Representative Gift Malunga said with the population boom, the country has seen a rising number of young mothers a situation that has also brought about an increase in obstetric fistula among women. She said UNFPA has put much effort in dealing with maternal problems, including the high maternal mortality. Read in English: The Nation
African Press Agency reported on 31 October that UNFPA in Malawi joined the international community in commemorating the day of 7 billion, a day when the world population has reached a milestone. UNFPA Malawi Deputy Representative Gift Malunga said the issue of population was critical for humanity to address. "Population is not a matter of space but is a question of equitable access to resources, opportunity from the questions we continuously confront from young people and social justice,” she said.
The Malawi government should fully integrate youths in all their development programmes since they form the largest bulk of the country’s population she said. Malawi also celebrated the day with a child born on 31 October at Mangochi District Hospital. Read in English: African Press Agency
MALI: L’independant on 31 October reported that UNFPA-Mali organized several activities to mark the passage of the world population to 7 billion people. The major activity was teaching a model lesson on world population in all high schools in the capital Bamako on 31 October.
UNFPA Representative Makane Kane and the Minister of Education of Mali, followed the lesson model in two high schools. Mr. Kane took the opportunity to submit to Minister Salikou Sanogo 5,000 custom specifications published by UNFPA and carrying the messages of the campaign, to be distributed in high schools in the capital.
MONGOLIA: Numerous media outlets reported on the day of 7 billion. Mongolian National Broadcaster and Education TV broadcast the story. “MM Today” interviewed UNFPA Representative Ms. Argentina Matavel Piccin. MONTSAME News Agency published an interview on the 7B. 7B banners were installed along main streets. Read in Mongolian: MONTSAME
MOZAMBIQUE: Noticias reported on 1 November, that according to professor Ramos Munahoma, poverty eradication is a long-term challenge. The paper says that Prof. Munahoma made the statement during a public lecture jointly organized by the Universty and the National Syndicate of Journalists, with UNFPA support. The theme of the lecture was poverty and social inequities, and was part of the activity planned to celebrate a world of seven billion.
MYANMAR: The New Light of Myanmar on 31 October reported on UNFPA’s 7 billion commemoration activities.
NORWAY: Multiple, web, radio and broadcasting media outlets reported on the world of 7 billion referring to the State of World Population report and UNFPA between 23 and 31 October. Most of the articles conveyed a balanced message on challenges and possibilities related to population dynamics. These stories included quotes from UNFPA Exexutive Director Babatunde Osotimehin and Rep. Mr. Rune Fröseth and citings of UNFPA data. Read, view and listen in Norwegian: Bistandsaktuelt, Adressa.no, Pd.no, Hadeland, Arbeits rett, Vestby avis,Ringblad.no, Namdalsavisen, Hordaland, Demokraten, FVN.no, Smp.no, Agder posten,Tidens Krav ,Glåm dalen, Dagsavisen, Dagbladet, Aftenposten, ABCNyheter, TV2 News, Dagsavisen, Aftenposten, ABCNyheter, Dagsavisen, Hegnar online]; Dagbladet; TV2 News; NRK Norwegian national TV; NRK, Dagsavisen/TV daily news.
PARAGUAY: ABC reported on 2 November that Fidelis Zama Chi, UNFPA Representative in Kenya, said it is clear that the environment is the home for mankind and that this connection could not be ignored. It was in commemoration of the day when we reached the figure of 7 billion people in the world. Read in Spanish: ABC, edición impresa.
Ultima Hora reported on 2 November that on the day when the population reached 7 billion inhabitants, UNFPA warned of the need to increase food production to meet current needs. Read in Spanish: Última Hora, edición impresa.
ABC on 1 November reported that UNFPA has yesterday urged the international community to redouble efforts to improve the world before the arrival of 7 billion inhabitants. The publication summarizes the statements of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Read in Spanish: ABC, edición impresa.
Ultima Hora on 1 November reported that the world has 7 billion people and from the Philippines to Russia several countries claimed the birth symbolically illustrates the challenges the world with population growth. UNFPA data was cited. Read in Spanish: Última Hora, edición impresa.
Ultima Hora on 1 November reported that UNFPA and PNUMA issued a warning on the devastating effect that the strong growth of world population, which statistically has reached 7 billion people, could have on the environment if not turned into a sustainable economy. Red in Spanish: Última Hora, edición digital.
ABC Colour on 31 October reported that the BBC published on its website in Spanish international an application that allows readers to figure out what your number is not only among the more than seven billion people on planet Earth has, but all who have lived since the beginning of history. It is calculated using data from the UNFPA. Read in Spanish: ABC Colour digital.
ABC Colour and Última Hora reported on 31 October that the world population achieved 7 billion inhabitants. It published the opinions of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon on this topic and quote UNFPA data. Read in Spanish: Diario ABC Colour, edición impresa and Diario Última Hora, edición impresa.
PHILIPPINES: The Inquirer on 1 November reported that five minutes before midnight Sunday, the Philippines welcomed tiny Danica May as the world’s symbolic “seven billionth” baby. Other countries across the globe marked similar milestones with their own newborn infants. Amid the millions of births and deaths around the world each day, it is impossible to pinpoint the arrival of the globe’s seven billionth occupant. But the UN chose Monday to mark the day with a string of festivities worldwide. The Philippines was one of the first countries to declare a seven billionth baby—represented by Danica. According to the UNFPA State of the World Population Report, the Philippines is the 12th most populous country in the world, with 94.9 million people. Read in English: The Inquirer
The Philippine Star reported on 1 November that the Philippines welcomed shortly after midnight Sunday the symbolic seven billionth baby – a girl born at the government-run Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Medical Center in Sta. Cruz, Manila. Danica May Galura, the second child of common-law couple Camille Galura and Florante Camacho, weighed 5.5 pounds at birth.The parents and the baby were met by United Nations officials in the Philippines including UN Population Fund Country Representative Ugochi Daniels, who presented the child with a cake. There were also gifts from local benefactors, including a scholarship grant and a livelihood package to enable the parents to open a small retail store. Also on hand to witness the event was 12-year-old Lorrize Mae Guevarra, who the Philippines declared as its own symbolic six billionth baby in 1999 when the world reached that demographic landmark. Read in English: The Philippine Star
The Inquirer on 1 November reported that Asia welcomed the world’s first symbolic “seven billionth” baby on Monday, but celebrations were tempered by worries over the strain that humanity’s population explosion is putting on a fragile planet. The United Nations says that by its best estimates the seven billionth baby will be born somewhere on Oct. 31, and countries around the world have planned events surrounding the demographic milestone. The Philippines was one of the first countries to declare a seven billionth baby, a little girl called Danica May Camacho. Read in English: The Inquirer
The Philippine Star reported on 2 November that the United Nations has called on world leaders to meet the challenges that a growing population poses, from ensuring adequate food and clean water to guaranteeing equal access to security and justice after the world population reached 7 billion recently. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) cited some of the challenges in an expanding global community that include promoting the rights and health of 7 billion women, men and children. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III said the DOH and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) just created media hype to give an impression that the world is already overpopulated in a bid to push for the passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) bill. Read in English: The Philippine Star
PHILIPPINES/AUSTRALIA: The Herald Sun reported on 31 October that the Philippines welcomed one of the world's symbolic "seven billionth" babies today, after she arrived to a celebratory cheer at a packed government-run hospital. Weighing 2.5 kilos (5.5 pounds), Danica May Camacho was delivered just before midnight amid an explosion of media flash bulbs in the delivery room at Manila's Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital. According to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) State of the World Population Report, the Philippines is the 12th most populous country in the world with 94.9 million people. Read in English: The Herald Sun
PHILIPPINES/INDIA: Daily Bhaaskar reported on 31 October that one of world’s seven billionth baby was born to a couple in Manila, Philippines today. Baby Danica May Camacho was reportedly delivered just before midnight on Sunday. As the world readied to welcome its seventh billion inhabitant, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for "unity of purpose" among people across nations to address problems of climate change, economic crisis and inequality. The world is "under threat from climate change, economic crisis, joblessness, inequality and intolerance. Around the world, too many people live in fear. Too many people believe their governments and the global economy can no longer deliver for them," he said. Read in English: Daily Bhaaskar
PHILIPPINES/THAILAND: The Nation reported on 31 October that the Philippines on Monday claimed a newborn as the world's symbolic 7 billionth person, as the country struggles to contain its runaway population growth. The 2.5-kilogram baby girl named Danica was born two minutes before midnight Sunday in a state-run maternity hospital in Manila. Health Secretary Enrique Ona and United Nations Population Fund country representative Ugochi Daniels led well-wishers in welcoming Danica at the Jose Fabella Memorial Medical Center. "We just welcomed the 7 billionth human being," Ona said. The birth was a reminder of the right of every person born in the Philippines and elsewhere to have "all the opportunities" to fulfill their potential, he said. Read in English: The Nation
PHILIPPINES/KENYA: Capital FM News reported on 31 October that Asia welcomed the world’s first symbolic “seven billionth” baby on Monday, but celebrations were tempered by worries over the strain that humanity’s population explosion is putting on a fragile planet. The United Nations says that by its best estimates the seven billionth baby will be born somewhere on October 31, and countries around the world have planned events surrounding the demographic milestone. The Philippines was the first country to declare a seven billionth baby, in the form of a little girl called Danica May Camacho. Read in English: Capital FM News
PHILIPPINES/UNITED KINGDOM: The International Business Times reported on 31 October that the day has arrived. On Monday, the global population should reach seven billion people, according to the calculations of the U.N. Population Fund. Though the U.N. made the announcement, it could not pinpoint exactly where the child will be born. According to media reports, both India and the Philippines have welcomed what they claim is the world's seven billionth person. The Philippines have also reported a seven billionth child. The country welcomed Danica May Camacho, who was delivered just before midnight on Sunday, at Manila's Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital. Read in English: International Business Times
PHILIPPINES/KUWAIT: The Kuwait News Agency reported on 31 October that the world's seven billionth inhabitant was born late last night at a local hospital in Manila, the Philippines' Department of Health announced on Monday. According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) State of the World Population Report, Philippines' has a population of 94.9 million. The (UNFPA) has announced last week that it will begin countdown and count-up of births and deaths for around seven days starting October 24 until the early hours of October 31 to unveil the world's seven billionth person. Read in English: Kuwait News Agency
PHILIPPINES/JAMAICA: The Gleaner reported on 31 October that the Philippines has welcomed one of the world's symbolic 'seven billionth' baby, after she arrived to a celebratory cheer at a packed government-run hospital. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) representative Ugochi Daniels said while the Philippine population remains young, with people under 25 making up 54 per cent of the total, they needed to be taught proper life skills and about sexual issues. Daniels said while women were having fewer children globally, the over-all population continued to go up. Read in English: The Gleaner
PHILIPPINES/UNITED STATES: CBS News on 31 October reported that countries around the world marked the world's population reaching 7 billion Monday with lavish ceremonies for newborn infants symbolizing the milestone and warnings that there may be too many humans for the planet's resources. The celebrations began in the Philippines, where baby Danica May Camacho was greeted with cheers and an explosion of photographers' flashbulbs at Manila's Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital. She arrived two minutes before midnight Sunday, but doctors say that was close enough to count for a Monday birthday. Read in English: CBS News
PHILIPPINES/UNITED STATES: The Christian Science Monitor reported on 31 October that the world welcomed its 7 billionth inhabitant today when tiny Danica May Camacho made her appearance in a Manila, Philippines, hospital to great fanfare. India also greeted its version of the 7 billionth person on earth: a girl named Nargis, born in the state of Uttar Pradesh. That these two symbols of a major population milestone were girls is only a coincidence, but it is also a reminder that central to global progress in stabilizing population growth has been the empowerment of women and greater gender parity. Given greater opportunities and rights, women make decisions that slow population growth, and this impact is being seen worldwide, says Babatunde Osotimehin, the executive director of the United Nations Population Fund. Read in English: Christian Science Monitor
PHILIPPINES/UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Gulf Today reported on 1 November that the Philippines ranked 12th as the world’s most populous nation with close to 95 million Filipinos, most of them young at age 25, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). Significantly, the Philippines also contributed symbolically to the birth of the world’s seven billionth human shortly after midnight on Oct.31, said UNFPA and local officials. Officials identified the infant as Danica Camacho who was born at 5.5 pounds at the crowded government-run Jose Fabella Memorial Medical Center in Manila about 40 kilometres away from their residence in Antipolo City, Rizal province in Southern Luzon. Read in English: Gulf Today
SIERRA LEONE: Concord Times on 3 November reported that the First Lady, Mrs. Sia Koroma celebrated with mothers of babies born on 31 October marking the day the world population reached seven billion. She congratulated mothers who gave birth on 31 October on their successful delivery and urged them to join family planning programmes and plan for their future pregnancies. As she presented gifts to the newly born babies, Mrs. Koroma said that now is the time for women to come forward and take the lead as they need to be strong in whatever they do.
Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Alhaji F.B.L. Mansaray thanked the UN agencies in the country for their assistance to Sierra Leone. He stated that the celebration is a contribution to the global growth of population and that we must be prepared for the threat of population growth in the country. The Minister said that as a result of population growth, the UNFPA should organise debates on demographic dynamics on the ICPD agenda so that the needs and rights of people are protected.
New Vision reported on 1 November that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, on 31 October celebrated the World at 7 Billion with the theme: People and Possibilities in a world at 7 billion, at the Miatta Conference Hall in Freetown.
Launching the event to mark the world at 7 Billion on 31 October, Alhaji F.B.L. Mansaray, Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Development said in many parts of developing world where population growth is out pacing economic growth, there is need for promotion of reproductive health services, especially family planning. He called on stakeholders and development partners to do everything in their power to reduce the growing increase in population, noting that government recognises the role played by UNFPA in promoting reproductive health, maternal health, family planning, to name but a few.
The UNFPA Country Representative said that the World at 7 Billion is both a challenge and an opportunity. She stated among other things that globally, people are living longer healthier lives and choosing to have smaller families, but reducing inequalities and finding ways to ensure the well-being of people requires new ways of thinking and unprecedented global corporation.
Other speakers included the Minister of Youth and Sports, the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation and the First Lady of Sierra Leone Md. Sia Koroma who presented gifts and baby packs to the 7 billion babies.
SOUTH AFRICA: Multiple media outlets on 31 October and 1 November covered the birth of South Africa’s seven billion baby. UNFPA Representative Mark Schreiner stressed the issue of equity. “Let us be clear, it is not a matter of space. The population question is one of equity, opportunity and social justice for all,” he said. Read in English: The Star, IOL Lifestyle, Times Live, SABC, and Sowetan
Otago Daily Times on 31 October published an editorial on the day of 7 billion. The piece quotes from the 2011 SWOP report. Read in English: Otago Daily Times
SWAZILAND: The Swazi Observer on 31 October published the op-ed of UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin where the Director called for UNFPA and the wider United Nations to take steps to ensure that youth populations are healthy and have access to education, including sexuality education, so they may understand how to protect themselves from HIV and have the knowledge to make informed decisions. Read in English: Swazi Observer
The Swazi Observer reported on 31 October that UNFPA facilitated the 2011 National Poster Contest where young people were challenged to develop positive images under the “World at 7 Billion.” Speaking at the awarding ceremony, UNFPA Representative Dr. Hassan Mohtashami posed a challenge to teachers to impart essential information about life to pupils. He said teachers knew how to teach so they should play the role of ensuring that children were taught about essential elements of life. He noted that sometimes it was difficult for parents to convey certain messages to their children. Read in English: Swazi Observer
The Times of Swaziland on 1 November published an article on the impact of the 7 billion. "A United Nations expert warns that the neglect of population dynamics would be detrimental to those nations including Swazi-land. The Technical Adviser on Population and Economic Development at the United Nations Population Fund, Michael Herrmann says such countries need to urgently address the challenges of high fertility and formulate policies on population." Read in English: Times of Swaziland
The Times of Swaziland on 1 November published an article on the world population reaching 7 billion. UNFPA Representative Dr. Hassan Mohtashami stated that it is also up to the policymakers of the country to make laws and allocate funds to protect women and mothers. He pointed out that the government currently has an opportunity to change the circumstances for women. Read in English: Times of Swaziland
The Swazi Observer published on 1 November an article on the world population reaching 7 billion. UNFPA Representative Dr. Hassan Mohtashami said the campaign was aimed at having all stakeholders appreciate the need to address population issues on a daily basis. Read in English: Swazi Observer
SWEDEN: Multiple, web, radio and broadcasting media outlets reported on the world of 7 billion referring to the State of World Population report and UNFPA between 23 and 31 October. Most of the articles conveyed a balanced message on challenges and possibilities related to population dynamics. These included a joint Op-Ed Babatunde Osotimehin and Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Ms. Gunilla Carlsson, an interview with ED Babatunde Osotimehin, an interview with UNFPA demographer Ralph Hakkert, and an interview with Mr. Heimo Laakkonen of UNFPA. Read, view and listen in Swedish: Dagens Industri, Dagens Nyheter, Dagens Nyheter; Svenska Dagbladet, Svenska Dagbladet, Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet, Göteborgsposten, Swedish National TV News Services, Svenska Dagbladet, Expressen, Sydsvenska Dagbladet, Aftonbladet, Göteborgsposten, Swedish National TV News Service, Sveriges Radio Dagens Eko, Sveriges Radio Dagens Eko; Sveriges Radio Dagens Eko; Sveriges Radio Dagens Eko, Sveriges Radio Sisuradio, Sveriges Radio Klartext, Sveriges Radio Studio Ett, Sveriges Radio P1-Morgon, Swedish National TV: SVT 1 Rapport, TV4 Nyheterna
TANZANIA: The Citizen on 1 November reported that Tanzania joined the rest of the world in welcoming the arrival of the seven billionth person after a baby girl was born at Temeke Municipal Hospital in Dar es Salaam on Monday, seven minutes after midnight. “Today, in country after country, city after city, there will be various events to commemorate the seven billionth landmark. It will be remembered in Tanzania that when the world’s population reached seven billion on 31 October, it was Temeke Municipal Hospital that symbolized the day.” UNFPA Country Representative Dr. Julitta Onabanjo commented as well.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: Multiple media outlets on 1 and 2 November covered the seven billion campaign and the UNFPA office’s 7B Knowledge Fair. Read in English: The Guardian, The Guardian, Newsday, Trinidad Express, Trinidad Express
TURKEY/UNITED STATES: The Seattle Post Intelligencer on 31 October published the photo released by the United Nations Population Fund of newly born Turkish baby boy Yusuf Efe who was born at the Zekai Tahir Burak maternity hospital in Ankara, Turkey, early on 31 October. According to the U.N. Population Fund, Yusuf Efe, son of an unemployed mother and a worker father, will be one of 7 billion people sharing Earth's land and resources. View at Seattle Post Intelligencer
UGANDA: New Vision on 31 October published an article entitled “World has 7 billion people today,” quoting UNFPA’s estimated growth rate for Uganda and talking about the 7 Billion actions campaign. The piece used one of the pictures from the UNFPA site.
The Daily Monitor published on 31 October a piece on the 7 billion quoted UNFPA ED Babatunde Osotimehin. “We are living 30 per cent longer. More of our children survive. We are now more urban and we are more interconnected and interdependent than ever,” he said in his speech titled “Invest in the seven billion as human capital.” Read in English: The Daily Monitor
The Daily Monitor on 31 October published a piece entitled "33 Million and Counting: What Does it Mean for Us?" and sites a UNFPA factsheet. Read in English: The Daily Monitor
NTV Uganda on 31 October included an interview with UNFPA Representative Janet Jackson and our Assistant Representative Dr. Wilfred Ochan in their coverage of the 7 billion. View in English: NTV Uganda
NTV Uganda on 31 October ran a story on population growth, again with our Assistant Rep. Dr. Wilfred Ochan being interviewed. View in English: NTV Uganda
WBS-TV and several other outlets on 1 November broadcast an interview with UNFPA Population Officer Nelly Badaru. Read and view in English: WBS-TV
URUGUAY: Several media outlets reported on 31 October and 1 November that Uruguay made a symbolic welcoming act to the Uruguayan 7 billionth inhabitant. His name is Leonel Ezequiel. The event took place at the Hospital Pereira Rossell, the largest maternity in the country, where on average around 25 newborns are born every day. Hospital authorities gave to all 31 October newborns letters written by school students from around the country in which they had sent their wishes to the world inhabitant number 7 billion. Most media outlets took the opportunity to reflect on world demographic challenges. El Observador for instance highlighted, using UNFPA sources, that a world of 7 billion is moving at two different speeds as a result of inequalities. Read and watch more in Spanish: TNU, Canal 10, Canal 4, El País, El Observador (1), El Observador (2) El País, La República
UNITED STATES: The New York Times on 31 October published an article on the world of 7 billion and the importance of population control. "We see reluctance and fear to deal with this [the population] issue," said UNFPA Representative Jose Miguel Guzman. Read in English: The New York Times
VENEZUELA: Venezolana de Television broadcast a program on 1 November on the World of 7 Billion, featuring UNFPA LAC Regional Director Marcela Suazo, and Assistant Rep Jorge Gonzalez. View in Spanish: VTV and VTV
VIET NAM: Viet Nam News reported on 4 November that the world population reached 7 billion on 31 October. This milestone gives rise to opportunities as well as great challenges. Data from the 2009 census and other surveys showed that Viet Nam has made very impressive progress towards achieving the MDGs and has been successful in meeting most of them. However, wide disparities between urban and rural areas, geographical areas and vulnerable groups, especially ethnic minority people still exist. Viet Nam now faces a period known as the Demographic Bonus, which provides a “golden” opportunity to use the abundant and young labour force for the next phase of economic growth. However, this “bonus” could also pose employment and social security challenges in the future if the young labor force is not provided with high quality education and training opportunities as well as job opportunities now that, in turn, will ensure the improved well-being of the whole population. “Young people are our future. They are our present, too. It is today, and not tomorrow, that we must invest in young people and include them in solving the great challenges of our times,” said Bruce Campbell, UNFPA representative in Viet Nam. Read in English: Viet Nam News
ZAMBIA: The Zambian Post, Zambia Daily Mail and the Times of Zambia reported on 1 November reported on the gift presentation to the 7 billionth baby/babies at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka. The First Lady of Zambia with the UNFPA Representative did the presentation.
The Nation reported on 4 November that the Malawi government, with technical assistance from UNFPA, is organising a fistula camp to be held from 7 November to 3 December.
UNFPA National Programme Officer for Reproductive Health Grace Hiwa said the camp this year is expected to reach out to more than 100 women. “Since these camps started in 2009, we have assisted at least 400 women. The camp will have two weeks being handled by visiting surgeons who will handle very complicated cases,” she said.
Hiwa said the surgeons will work with local clinicians who will complete the process in the last two weeks. She said they want to help more patients and train more clinicians in conducting the operations.
“We will also bring a nurse who is experienced in handling fistula cases to teach other nurses. Our hope is that all women who have this condition should come to the camp or those who know women in such a condition should encourage them to come,” she said.
According to Hiwa, Thyolo is one of the districts with a high number of fistula cases alongside Mangochi, Mchinji, Phalombe and Nkhatabay. Hiwa attributed most fistula cases to early pregnancies. Read in English: The Nation
The Nation reported on 4 November that Thyolo District Hospital will host Fistula Camp this year, an initiative aimed at operating on and repairing women who are suffering from fistula across the nation. The camp, which will be held from 7 November to 3 December is organized by the Malawi Government with technical assistance from United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Read in English: The Nation
The African Press Agency on 2 November reported that Malawi, in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), will hold a month-long National Fistula Camp to treat women suffering from obstetric fistula.
The camp will be held from November 7 to December 3 in Thyolo District, 90 kilometres south of the commercial city Blantyre.
According to UNFPA National Program Officer for Reproductive Health Grace Hiwa, the camp will help women especially those from the rural areas of the country to deal with their health concerns. “We want every woman with obstetric fistula to take advantage of the camp to identify solutions for their problem,” she said.
She added that local and international specialists on fistula have been lined up to assist in treating women during the camp. Read in English: The African Press Agency
ARGENTINA: Multiple media outlets reported on 26, 27 and 28 October on the State of World Population 2011. Some of them analyzed the trends and population dynamics that define a world of 7 billion people. Most of the articles highlighted Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin’s statements in which he remarked that the milestone today reminds us that we must act immediately, because we also are 7 billion of opportunities. Read in Spanish: Diario Clarín, La Nación; Página 12; TELAM Noticias; La Capital de Rosario; El Ciudadano Santa Fe; La Opinion de Santa Fe; La Voz de Córdoba; La Gaceta de Tucumán; La Nueva Rioja; Misiones4.com; Los Andes de Mendoza; Rio Negro.com.ar; Diario Jornada de Trelew; Punto Aparte San Luis; La Nueva Provincia Bs As; TERRA Argentina; Sitio Andino; El país 24; Urgente24; TELAM Audiovisual
Multiple radio programs from 27 to 31 October discussed the State of World Population 2011 report including Radio Ciudad AM 1110, Radio Mitre AM 790, Radio America AM 1190 and Radio Belgrano AM 950.
AUSTRALIA: Radio Australia on 26 October interviewed Dirk Jenna, the Director of the United Nation's Population Funds' Pacific Sub-Regional Office in Fiji on the implications of the 7 billion milestones on migration as an important aspect of economic development for Pacific Island Countries and how urban drift in the Pacific places a strain on services. Read/Listen in English: Radio Australia
BANGLADESH: Multiple media outlets including The New Today, The Bangladesh Today and The Daily Star on 27 October reported on the release of the State of World Population report which estimates the country's population at 150.5 million.
BOLIVIA: Multiple media outlets and web information services reported on the launching of UNFPA’s SWOP in Bolivia. Media highlighted subjects such as youth, life expectancy, gender equality and environmental and economic impacts. Read in Spanish: Correo del Sur, El Cambio, El Deber, Erbol, Erbol, Erbol, La Patria, La Prensa, La Razón, La Razón, Los Tiempos
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: Multiple media outlets reported on 26 and 27 October about the official launch of the State of World Population 2011 report. The stories focused on the current state of the world’s population and future actions we need to take to create a better future for all. Media placed focus on youth by quoting Dr. Osotimehin “Young people hold the key to the future, with the potential to transform the global political landscape and to propel economies through their creativity and capacities for innovation.” In addition to print media, Al-Jazeera Balkans and TV Sarajevo interviewed Mr. Faris Hadrovic, UNFPA assistant representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he further explained the meaning of the SWOP2011 report and the situation in the world and Bosnia and Herzegovina. He warned that the fertility rate for Bosnia and Herzegovina presents a big problem for the country’s future. Read in Bosnian: Sarajevo-x.com, RadioSarajevo.ba
BRAZIL: Diário de S.Paulo reported on 29 October that the birth of the seven billionth person will not be an impediment to achieving a better quality of life on the planet, if some actions are taken, such as the empowerment of women, according to the State of World Population 2011 report. Published by the United Nations Population Fund, the report states that women are a key asset to avoiding a population explosion in the coming years. Better educated women can have a crucial role in family planning, and, because they live longer, they will also play a fundamental role on caring for the elderly, whose numbers have been increasing worldwide. UNFPA Assistant Representative in Brazil Tais Santos is quoted as saying that population ageing is a new subject in Brazil, where a bill to protect elderly rights has recently passed in Congress, but “there is still much to do.” Read in Portuguese: Diário de S.Paulo
Correio Braziliense, Diário de Natal and several other media outlets reported on 27 October onwards that on 31 October, possibly somewhere in India, a very symbolic citizen will be born. He or she will probably not know, but will carry the title of Earth’s inhabitant number 7 billion. In a world increasingly crowded, it is necessary to create a more sustainable pattern of development, states the State of World Population 2011 Report: People and possibilities in a world with 7 billion, released yesterday by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The UNFPA Representative in Brazil, Harold Robinson, is quoted saying that "the 7 billion milestone appears as a double challenge as it presents numerous opportunities for development, but can also deepen inequalities that currently exist between countries". Read in Portuguese: Correio Braziliense, Diário de Natal, Ariquemes Online, Circuito Mato Grosso
O Estado de S.Paulo and several outlets reported on 27 October that the population of 7 billion brings 'formidable challenges' to the world in general and Brazil in particular such as reducing inequality, increasing access to education and health and ensuring sustainable growth; life conditions improved, but there are still large disparities between regions and countries, and ethnic and gender discrimination. These are the main findings of the report People and Possibilities in a World of 7 billion, released yesterday by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). According to the report, the world population is still increasing at an accelerating rate, but the current trend is the growth rate to reduce. The report also shows that the world population has never been so young and so old at the same time. Out of the 7 billion people, 43% (3.01 billion) are under 25. Meanwhile, people who are over 60 years, who were 384 million in 1990, now are 893 million and are expected to reach 2.4 billion by 2050. Read in Portuguese: O Estado de S.Paulo, Maranhao em Alerta, SIM News, R7, Nova FM 103 Radio Online
Folha de S.Paulo and several outlets reported on 27 October that five days before the world population reaches 7 billion, the United Nations Population Fund released a report demanding greater efforts by governments to ensure populations in developing countries the right to family planning. "When the right of access to family planning is respected, people, free from any coercion from governments, naturally evolve to stable fertility rates on their own choices, resulting in more affluent societies," said Harold Robinson, UNFPA Representative in Brazil, during the launching of the State of World Population 2011 at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. Read in Portuguese: Folha S.Paulo, Observatorio de Genero
Multiple media outlets reported on 26 October that UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund launched the State of World Population 2011 report, entitled “People and possibilities in a world of 7 billion.” UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin and UNFPA Representative Harold Robinson are quoted in several pieces. Read in Portuguese: Ecoagencia, Educa, O Globo, G1, Interativa FM Radio Online, Extra, Extra, BOL, A Verdade, RD Noticias and Jornal da Cidade.Net
CAMBODIA: Voice of Democracy (VOD) Radio reported on 27 October that a population of 7 billion would bring more challenges. The UNFPA in Cambodia warned that developing countries like Cambodia are facing greater challenges such as employment, environment, and health issues as the world hits 7 billion on 31 October. UNFPA Representative in Cambodia Derveeuw Marc noted at the launch of the SWoP report yesterday that population growth is high in poor or developing countries. He warned that this growth has implications on the environment such as climate change, lack of health care, if they are poor, and the movement of unskilled migrants seeking employment.
Bayon and Apsara Televisions reported on 27 October that H.E. Mrs. Men Sam An, Deputy Prime Minister attended the launch of the State of World Population Report 2011 of the United Nations Population Fund under the theme “The world at 7 billion.” The report highlights a challenge facing the world now and ahead as the population reaches 7 billion in 5 days. Dr. Derveeuw Marc, UNFPA representative in Cambodia noted that the report looks at implications of population growth such as poverty, access to health services, environment, young people and ageing issues.” He added that this report alerts and calls for actions from everyone to address population issues.
CAMEROON: Cameroon Tribune reported on 27 October that the 2011 State of the World Population report was launched by UNFPA and the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development (MINEPAT) with emphasis on the achievements, setbacks and paradoxes of a population of seven billion people. While presenting the report, the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System Michel Balima said that "we have to ensure equitable distribution of the resources available amongst all sectors in the society". Read in English: Cameroon Tribune
COLOMBIA: El Tiempo, Semana, El Colombiano and El Universal reported the launch of the State of World Population in London on 26 October. All media published the statements of UNFPA Executive Director, Babatunde Osotimehin, and revealed the “achievements and challenges” this new milestone represents for humanity. Read in Spanish: El Tiempo, El Tiempo, Semana, Semana, El Colombiano and El Universal
El Tiempo reported on 29 October, the information shared by Tania Patriota, UNFPA Representative in Colombia, on the launch of State of World Population, held 28 October at Externado University. “That we can or can´t live together on a healthy planet depends on decisions we make today. With a growing population, we need to be supportive”. Read in Spanish: El Tiempo
CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE): DRTV, Top TV, Canal Benedictions, Radio-Congo, and Congo-site reported on 27 October on UNFPA’s SWOP launch in Brazzaville by UNFPA Representative David Lawson, in the presence of State Economy Minister Pierre Moussa, as well as the Youth Minister, Health Minister, Small and Middle Enterprises Minister, Vice Economy Minister, parliamentarians, ambassadors, UN agency heads, civil society leaders and the media in the context of the 7 billion people on earth. Read in French: Congo-site Read in French: Les Depeches de Brazzaville
CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE): Congo-site reported on 27 October on a statement by UNFPA in its 2011 State of the World Population report inviting UN Member States to invest more in youth, in the context of a world at seven billion people, as youth represent the largest segment of the world population and will ensure the world's future economic and social progress. Read in French: Congo-site
CUBA: CubaAhora and Trabajadores reported between 24 and 30 October on the 7 billion milestone and the importance of the State of World Population 2011, detailing some of the most important statistics. Read in Spanish: CubaAhora, Trabajadores and Trabajadores
EGYPT: The Daily News Egypt reported on 26 October on the launch of UNFPA's SWOP report at the Arab League. The piece highlighted that the report found that additional investments in youth and reinforcing equality between the sexes is essential to the world's future. Read in English: Daily News Egypt
ETHIOPIA: Multiple media outlets from 26 October on covered the release of the State of World Population 2011 report including the Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency, Fana Broadcasting Corporate, Voice of America, The Sub-Saharan Informer, Capital, Addis Admas, and The Daily Monitor. Read in English: AFRO 15.3 FM, The Ethiopian News Agency, and Walta Info
FIJI: Science Media Centre on 28 October reported the launch of the State of World Population 2011: People and Possibilities in a World of 7 billion. Dirk Jena, the Fiji-based Pacific director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) was in New Zealand to address the cross-party New Zealand Parliamentarians’ Group on Population and Development as well as Government agencies. Read in English: Science Media Centre
GABON: Gabon-Matin and l'Union reported on 27 October on the launch of UNFPA’s 2011 State of the World Population report in the rural city of Oyem, by UNDP/UNFPA Representative Nadir Hadj Hammou with local authorities. The event underlined the need for the world at 7 billion to commit to protecting the planet Earth for future generations. The UNDP/UNFPA Representative said “We must invest in youth, cities and agriculture to foster future economic growth." The event ended with a voluntary HIV testing and counselling.
GEORGIA: Georgia Today and Interpressnews reported on 26 October that UNFPA Georgia CO launched the State of World Population 2011 report “People and Possibilities in the World of 7 Billion.” Through personal stories, this report sheds light on the real-life challenges we face in our world of 7 billion. The report explores some of the challenges and opportunities from the perspective of individuals and describes the obstacles they confront— and overcome—in trying to build better lives for themselves, their families, communities and nations. Read in English: Georgia Today and InterPressNews
GUATEMALA: CERIGUA on 28 October reported that humanity reproduced at a rate of 9,000,513 people per minute worldwide. Though the fertility rate has declined in recent years, the main challenges are in the redistribution of wealth, equal access to natural resources and increased participation of women and youth in all areas, according to the SWOP report prepared by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Read in Spanish: CERIGUA
CERIGUA on 28 October reported that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has given awards to 10 leaders nationwide who have made significant contributions for the people, including former indigenous Mayor Julajuj Dominga Vasquez, current regional delegate of Defence of Indigenous Women (DEMI), at the National Palace of Culture, during the launch of the State of World Population 2011 report. Read in Spanish: CERIGUA
CERIGUA on 27 October quoted Leonor Calderón, representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Guatemala, who said that it is necessary to rethink new ways of producing and distributing wealth in the world. Read in Spanish: CERIGUA
Unidas on 27 October reported on the release of a report by the United Nations Population Fund. UNFPA Rep. Leonor Calderón called on public officials to reflect on the excessive increase in population and inequality worldwide, and urged leaders to take immediate action on the issue. Listen in Spanish: Emisoras Unidas
El Periódico on 27 October reported on the release of the international report "State of World Population" and emphasized the great challenges that await Guatemala in this century. "How we have such large numbers? How many people can sustain our Earth? These are important questions, but perhaps not the right ones” according to the State of World Population 2011, which was presented yesterday. Read in Spanish: El Periódico
Reportaje De on 27 October reported that as part of a global launch, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) presented the report State of World Population 2011. Read in Spanish: Reportaje De
CINU on 26 October reported that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has submitted the report of the State of World Population 2011, under the title "7 billion people, your world, your possibilities," referring to the overall population figure that will be reached on 31 October. Read in Spanish: CINU
INDONESIA: World Population at Seven Billion Campaign
Kompas.com reported on 30 October a story about youth and the World at 7 Billion Campaign held by UNFPA Indonesia. The campaign aimed to raise awareness amongst the wider public, especially young people, about the opportunities, challenges and action needed as the world population reaches 7 billion at the end of the month. Read in Indonesian: Kompas.com
INDONESIA: The Jakarta Post reported on 27 October on the release of the State of World Population report in Jakarta that was opened by the Coordinating Minister of Social Welfare, Dr. Agung Laksono. The article focused on urbanization issues, especially in the Indonesian context, drawn from the seminar that followed the launch. Other key issues discussed in the SWOP report that related to the world at 7 billion were also discussed in the article.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative in Indonesia Jose Ferraris said on Wednesday that as the world’s population was approaching 7 billion, more people were presently living in cities. Therefore, improving the quality of life of people living in urban areas, some of whom were living in informal settlements and slums, would be an unavoidable need.
“This is really a big challenge,” said Ferraris at the launch of The State of World Population (SWOP) 2011, an annual population report released by the UNFPA. The report launch aimed to commemorate a global milestone billed as “The World at 7 Billion”, which will fall on 31 October. Read in English: The Jakarta Post
Media Indonesia, Suara Pembaruan, Voice of Indonesia radio and other national news outlets reported on the State of World Population report release.
ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN: IRNA reported on 27 October on the State of World Population 2011 report and the implications in a world of 7 billion. The piece heavily quotes UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin who stated that, "Young people hold the key to the future, with the potential to transform the global political landscape and to propel economies through their creativity and capacities for innovation. But the opportunity to realize youth’s great potential must be seized now." Read in English: IRNA
JORDAN: AlRai, Addustour and Al-Arab Al-Yawm reported on 26 October and Jordan Times on 27 October that UNFPA has launched its 2011 World Population Report, entitled “People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion.” The media outlets also gave a brief on the report, its chapters and the countries it is focusing on, in addition to quotes from the Executive director’s statements. Read in Arabic: AlRai, Addustour, Al-Arab Al-Yawm and Jordan Times
LEBANON: Several media outlets reported on 26 and 30 October on the launch of the 2011 State of World Population. The articles provide an overview of the seven messages of the report, as well as global trends and population counts in some countries. The articles mention the 7 Billion Campaign accompanying the launch of the report. Read in Arabic: Al Diyar, Al Sharq El Awsat, Al Balad and Al Moustaqbal
LIBERIA: The News reported on 27 October that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released the State of World Population 2011 report stating that the population would reach seven billion on 31 October. Read in English: The News
The Probe reported on 27 October that “the State of the World Population released by the UNFPA which projects the world population to hit the seven billion mark by 31 October places Liberia among countries in sub-Saharan Africa with the high adolescent birth rates”. Read in English: The Probe
West Africa Democracy Radio reported on 27 October that “the State of the World Population released by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) indicates that Liberia remains among countries with the highest maternal mortality rates, with 990 deaths from every hundred thousand live births”. Read in English: West Africa Democracy Radio
MALAWI: Africa News reported on 28 October that as the world's population is set to shoot to seven billion by 31 October, poor nations, like Malawi, will be negatively affected economically.
Launching the State of the World Population 2011 report themed, “People and Possibilities in a World of 7 billion” in Lilongwe, the country’s UNFPA deputy representative Gift Malunga said it is a challenge because the current pace of population growth increases the demand for natural resources and puts increased pressure on the planet. “Most of this growth is occurring in less developed countries like Malawi. Gaps between rich and poor are growing. While Malawi has made tremendous progress in food security due to sustained maize production following the implementation of the agriculture Farm Subsidy Input Programme introduced in 2005, a number of people remain vulnerable to other challenges like water shortages and climate-related disasters. ’’
“On the other hand, the 7 billion population provides an opportunity to work together in developing our continent. In this regard each country has a role to play capacitating its citizens with the right education, skills and healthy lives. Otherwise, the growing population will be a burden than a resource,” said Malunga. Read in English: Africa News
The Nation reported on 28 October that UNFPA and the government of Malawi launched the 2011 State of the World Population Report which indicates that the world population will reach the seven billion mark on 31 October 31.
Speaking at the launch, UNFPA Malawi Deputy Representative Gift Malunga said the seven billion milestone will be marked by achievements, setbacks and paradoxes, and also presents a challenge, an opportunity and a call to action.
Malunga said one of the challenges is the rapid growth of the population which, she said, is exerting pressure on resources and the entire planet. She observed that most of this growth is occurring in less developed countries such as Malawi where the gaps between the rich and the poor are also growing.
Malawi’s Finance and Development Planning Minister Ken Lipenga said at the launch event that while Malawi government encourages few children per family, it would not force people to have only two children as per current campaign. Read in English: The Nation
MEXICO: A.M., La Crónica, Diario de México,El Economista,Excelsior, El Sol de México, El Universal, La Jornada, Milenio, Once TV,Proceso, Publimetro, Punto Crítico, Radio Fórmula, and Reforma reported from 25 to 31 October that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launched the State of World Population 2011 entitled “People and possibilities in a world of 7 billion,” which shows that the challenges ahead are formidable. Mr. Diego Palacios Jaramillo, UNFPA Mexico Representative mentioned during a press conference that the report contains snapshots from nine countries, including Mexico, where ordinary people, national demographic experts, and policymakers talked about the challenges they face and how they are confronting them. Read in Spanish: A.M., La Crónica, Diario de México,El Economista,Excelsior, Excelsior, Excelsior, El Sol de México, El Sol de México, El Sol de México, El Universal, La Jornada, La Jornada, La Jornada, La Jornada, La Jornada, La Jornada, Milenio, Milenio, Milenio, Milenio, Milenio, Milenio, Once TV, Proceso, Publimetro, Punto Crítico, Radio Fórmula, and Reforma
MOLDOVA: Info-Prim Neo reported on 26 October on the launch of the State of the World Population report at the Balti-based state university Alecu Russo. The report was presented by UNFPA Assistant Representative in Moldova Boris Gilca. Mr. Gilca spoke about the various activities, organized by UNFPA Moldova, around the occasion of the Day of 7 Billion including a nationally broadcast video themed, "Let's Help Moldova Grow!"
Various media outlets including the news agencies Info-Prim Neo and esp.md, as well as the newspaper Ziarul de Garda reported on 26 October, about the public launch of the State of World Population 2011 report worldwide. In Moldova the report was launched in Balti, the so-called north capital of the country, at the UN Documentation Center within the State University “Aleco Russo.” The report was presented by Boris Gilca, UNFPA Assistant Representative in Moldova, who mentioned that unlike the world situation of 7 billion, in Moldova, on the contrary, the population is decreasing continuously, one of the main causes of this phenomenon being the low fertility rate. This is a result of various processes, among them the increase of the average marriage age, the delay of childbirth, the increase of the mothers’ age at the first childbirth, fewer children in young families, the increase of the photogenes period, uncontrolled migration phenomenon etc. As a result the country is facing a massive process of population ageing.
Also, Boris Gilca mentioned about special anniversary certificates from UNFPA, that will be handed to all babies born in Moldova on 31 October, as part of activities organized to celebrate the 7 billion event. Read in Romanian: Info-Prim Neo and Ziarul de Garda Read in English: Info-Prim Read in Russian: esp.md
MOZAMBIQUE: TIM, TVM, Rádio Moçambique, RTP-Africa and RDP-Africa reported on 27 October, that the world population will reach 7 billion by the end of the month. All stories mentioned that the new UNFPA world population report discusses the challenges and opportunities of living in a world of 7 billion. RTP quoted Patricia Guzman, UNFPA representative in Mozambique, saying that in order to build a better world for all, it’s necessary to invest in youth education and health, and reduce inequalities between men and women. Guzman, who was interviewed during the launch of the SWOP, also told RTP-Africa that the report had a particular focus on Mozambique, as it featured stories about UNFPA-related interventions in the country. RDP-Africa noted that according to the report, in the community of Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa, Guinea - Bissau, Angola and Mozambique register higher under five mortality rates.
NAMIBIA: MySinchew.com on 28 October reported on the launch on the State of World Population report. UNFPA Country Representative Fabian Byomuhangi gave the announcement launching the report. Read in English: MySinchew.com
NEW ZEALAND: Radio New Zealand on 28 October interviewed Dirk Jenna, the Director of the United Nation's Population Funds' Pacific Sub-Regional Office in Fiji on the emphasis on the rights of women and the need for increased investment in young people - labeled the “new global power” by the State of World Population 2011: People and Possibilities in a World of 7 billion. Listen in English: Radio New Zealand
NICARAGUA: La Prensa on 27 October reported on the SWOP release. “It’s not a question of space, but of equal opportunity and social justice,” said Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA in the presentation of the “State of World Population 2011.” Read in Spanish: La Prensa
PARAGUAY: Multiple media outlets reported on 26-27 October about the State of World Population 2011 report, which analyzes trends and dynamics that define a world of 7 billion people. Also published were the declarations of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, who remarked that the milestone reminds us that we must act immediately. Read in Spanish: Radio Ñanduti – Portal digital, Neike – Periodismo Digital Paraguayo, La Nación Digital, Portal Paraguayo de Noticias, ABC Color Digital, Viva Paraguay, Radio Viva, 5 días, La Nación - edición impresa
Última Hora reported on 28 October that the milestone of 7 billion people, which officially will be reached on 31 October, "is a challenge and a call to action (...) reminds us that we must act now," said Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in London at the presentation of The State of World Population 2011. Read in Spanish: Diario Última Hora, edición impresa
ABC Color on 20 October reported that the milestone of 7,000 million, which officially will be reached on 31 October, "is a challenge and a call to action (...) reminds us that we must act now," according to Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the Population Fund (UNFPA) at the presentation in London of The State of World Population 2011. Read in Spanish: ABC Color, edición impresa.
PHILIPPINES: The Inquirer on 27 October reported that the good news about the world population reaching 7 billion is that the average life expectancy has soared to 68, infant mortality has dropped to 46 per 1,000, and the average number of children in a family has plunged by more than half at 2.5. The bad news: Carbon emissions are expected to rise and the gap between the rich and the poor will continue to grow with more people migrating to the cities from the rural areas, among other challenges. This was the report released by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Wednesday, launching the five-day countdown to a “global population milestone” of 7 billion estimated to hit by October 31. Read in English: Inquirer
The Philippine Star on 27 October reported that the world population will reach seven billion by Oct. 31 with the Philippines being the 12th most populous country, a report of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFA) showed. At the launch of the “2011 State of the World Population Report” yesterday, UNFA Representative Ugochi Daniels said that while women worldwide are having fewer children, global population continues to rise, partly because of higher life expectancy. “While our world of seven billion presents a complex picture of trends and paradoxes, there are some essential global truths we observe. Conversely, there is no one global population outlook,” Daniels said. Read in English: Philippine Star
Business World on 26 October reported that the United Nations has presented ways by which countries can address poverty issues in the face of a steadily increasing population that is projected by demographers to reach seven billion by the end of this month. “The issue of population is a critical one for our humanity and for the Earth. But let us be clear: It is not a matter of space. The population question is one of human equity and opportunity,” Ugochi Daniels, Population Fund (UNFPA) representative to the Philippines, said at yesterday’s launch of “The State of the World Population 2011” report. The report basically states that while the fast growth of the global population means more children survive and people live longer, this presents challenges such as lack of employment opportunities, gender inequality, dwindling resources and environmental degradation. Read in English: Business World
InterAksyon reported on 26 October that empowering women and girls remains a crucial factor in poverty alleviation as world population turns 7 billion by the end of October, according to the State of the World Population released by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Tuesday. Another billion people are estimated to add up to the world population in 14 years. The SWPR, an annual report by the UNFPA, looks at the world’s demographics and studies its implications in the quality of life-economy, environmental condition, health, and other factors affecting the global population. Almost half of the world’ people or 43 percent, is under 25. In the Philippines, 54 percent of the population falls on this age group. Read in English: InterAksyon
Manila Bulletin on 26 October reported that the world’s population now stands at seven billion, and Asia remains home to 60 percent of the world’s people, the 2011 State of the World Population report by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) revealed Wednesday. The report retains the Philippines as the 12th most populous country in the world with 94.9-million people while China continues to be the most populous nation at 1.35 billion, followed by India at 1.24 billion. UNFPA projects that the global figure of seven billion will take place at the end of October. Read in English: Manila Bulletin
SOUTH AFRICA: The Mail & Guardian reported on 26 October on the release of the UNFPA's SWOP report in Cape Town. Read in English: Mail & Guardian
City Press on 26 October published a listing of facts from UNFPA’s State of World Population 2011 report. Read in English: City Press
SPAIN: El Mundo in October 2011 created a special report on 7 Billion and featured SWOP information. Read and View in Spanish: El Mundo
TUNISIA: Assabah reported on 26 October the presentation of The State of World Population 2011.
UGANDA: NTV Uganda on 26 October highlighted the country's the growing numbers and featured UNFPA's Assistant Representative Dr. Wilfred Ochan explaining we need to “invest in people.” Watch in English: NTV Uganda
New Vision on 26 October focused on population growth and mentioned the launch of SWOP report. Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin was quoted saying, "Our record population size can be viewed in many ways as a success for humanity: People are living longer, healthier lives. But not everyone has benefited from this achievement or the higher quality of life that this implies." Read in English: New Vision
The Monitor on 29 October extensively quoted UNFPA’s data on the 7 billion and dedicated a large part of the article on an interview with the Assistant Representative of the UNFPA in Uganda, Dr. Wilfred Ochan, who said the organisation intends to follow up with the government on the report’s findings. Read in English: The Monitor
The Monitor on 29 October featured an articled entitled “UN: World can “thrive” as population hits 7 billion” stating that “with planning and the right investments in people now ... our world of 7 billion can have thriving, sustainable cities, productive labour forces that can fuel economic growth, youth populations that contribute to the well-being of economies and societies, and a generation of older people who are healthy and actively engaged in the social and economic affairs of their communities, UNFPA said in a new report.” The article continues to summarize the report.
The East African Business Week highlighted SWOP on 30 October making the report its front page and editorial page. UNFPA and Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin were quoted. “With planning and the right investments in people now – to empower them to make choices that are not only good for themselves, but also for our global commons – our world of 7 billion can have thriving sustainable cities, productive labour forces that fuel economies, and youth populations that contribute to the well-being of their societies” he said. Read in English: East African Business Week
UNITED KINGDOM: MSN reported on 30 October on the release of the State of World Population report and its prediction that the poorest regions of the world will be worst hit as the population hits seven billion. Read in English: MSN
The Daily Monitor on 27 October mention the launch of the SWOP report alongside Uganda's 2011 State of Population Report. Read in English: Daily Monitor
URUGUAY: Several media outlets reported on 27 to 29 October that UNFPA has presented the State of World Population 2011 analyzing population and demographic trends in several countries. These articles cited Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin on the need to address inequality and investing in youth people. Read more in Spanish: El País, El Telégrafo, El Diario, La República and 180.com.
VIET NAM: Multiple media outlets reported on 27-28 October that the world population is projected to reach 7 billion on 31 October. How we respond now will determine whether we have a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future or one that is marked by inequalities, environmental decline and economic setbacks, according to The State of World Population 2011 report, published today by UNFPA.
The 7 billion milestones is a challenge, it is also an opportunity and a call for action. In Viet Nam, the population growth rate has decreased significantly from 1.7 percent between 1989 and 1999 to 1.2 percent between 1999 and 2009. Although Viet Nam’s fertility rate has already fallen below the replacement level, the population will still increase by an estimated 9 million people over the next ten years due to population momentum created from past decades of high fertility. At the same time, as a result of sharp reductions in fertility and mortality and increased life expectancy, the size of the elderly population is also increasing. The profile of poverty is also changing. “While poverty rates have consistently fallen below 14 percent, poverty reduction among certain vulnerable groups, such as ethnic minorities, including women and girls, has been much slower. To reduce inequities and improve living standards today – as well as for generations to follow, requires immediate, concerted and evidence-based engagement of policy makers, planners and managers at national, provincial and community levels ,” said Bruce Campbell, UNFPA Representative in Viet Nam.
Data from the 2009 Census shows that Viet Nam has entered a period known as the "demographic bonus," recording the highest proportional level of young people who are entering the workforce in Viet Nam’s history. Today, young people between 10 to 24 years represent almost a third of the total population. “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,” added Mr. Campbell. Read in English: Viet Nam Plus, Peoples’ Army, The Peoples, Young People and Youth. Read in Vietnamese: VTV, Viet Nam Laws, Family and Society, Great Unity, Women and Sport and Culture
ALBANIA: Top Channel on 23 October broadcast a feature piece on the 7 billion milestone. View with English subtitles: Top Channel
Top Channel on 28 October featured an interview of UNFPA Albania PDS Programme Analyst Ms. Flora Ismaili talking about the 7 billion and UNFPA. View in Albanian: Top Channel
BANGLADESH: New Age on 26 October published a photo of the National Youth Forum forming a human chain in front of the National Press Club to create awareness of planned and nuclear families. The event was part of UNFPA's 7 Billion Actions Campaign.
BRAZIL: Veja magazine reported on 31 October that a child born this day in Brazil will live on a planet with more than 7 billion people. In 2100, when he or she turns 89 the elderly over 80 years will represent the largest portion of the population (13.3% of Brazilians). Is Brazil prepared to grow old with this baby? UNFPA Representative in Brazil, Harold Robinson, who recently launched the State of World Population 2011 report, is quoted saying that Brazil is in a good moment and is relatively ahead of the rest of the world in this regard, “even though there are many steps ahead." In his interview, Robinson stressed that, "Brazil now has more people of working age than dependents - children and elderly, who do not work. This window of opportunity must be seized, because there will come a time when the picture begins to change. With the increase in life expectancy the proportion of elderly will increase a lot. " Read in Portuguese: Veja
Isto É magazine reported on 28 October that Bosnian boy Adnan Nevic is one of the few celebrities of Visoko, a town near the capital Sarajevo. His fame is the result of a decision made by the UN in 1999, when he was chosen from the rubble of the Bosnian War to represent the population of 6 billion in our planet. More than a decade later the arrival of his successor is predicted for 31 October. "The world population will continue to grow and we need to be prepared for it," says Richard Kollodge, editor of a United Nations report on population released last week. Read in Portuguese: Isto É
BURKINA FASO: Le Pays and Sidwaya on 26 October reported on the cycle race, which took place on 23 October. This race is the launch of the countdown of the day of the 7 billion inhabitants. It was chaired by the Secretary Permanent of National Council of Population (CONAPO) in the presence of the Representative of the UNFPA/Burkina Dr Mamadou KANTE and the Technical Adviser of the Ministry of the Economy and Finances, representing the Minister of the Economy and Finances. Twenty-five women participated in the race. Their participation was greeted by the Representative of the UNFPA Dr. Mamadou Kanté who in his interview pointed out that an educated woman can change the world.
CAMBODIA: Voice of Democracy (VOD) Radio reported on 26 October that investing in young people is needed as the world reaches 7 billion people, according to a UNFPA press release.
Dr. Osotimehin, UNFPA executive director noted in the press statement that as the world tops 7 billion, it is important to plan and invest in human issues and empower people – it’s not only good for themselves but also for the world. He continued that the world can have sustainable city development and that young people can contribute to the labour force and a productive economy.
CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE): Le Pari africain reported on 26 October on a series of activities initiated by UNFPA from 24 October until World Human Rights Day on 10 December in conjunction with the milestone of a world at 7 billion people to be reached by 31 October 2011, worldwide and in several cities of the Republic of Congo. These activities included the launch of the 2011 State of the World Population report, TV spots and clips, media events, population-related activities and conferences around the country.
EGYPT: Almasry Alyoum reported on 26 October on the 7 billion milestone and quotes UNFPA Egypt Technical Advisor on Population and Development Abdullah Zoubi and mentions a UNFPA-sponsored art exhibit entitled, "Youth in Arab States: Changing the World for the Better" and featuring the work of members of Y-Peer. Read in English: Almasry Alyoum
GEORGIA: Various media outlets reported that on 24 October, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Georgia and the Georgian National Museum held an event “Georgia in the World of 7 Billion” at the National Museum of Georgia. Mr. George Tsereteli, Deputy Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, Mr. Jamie McGoldrick, UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Tamar Khomasuridze, UNFPA Assistant Representative Mr. Zaza Chelidze, Executive Director of the National Statistics Office of Georgia, Ms. Manana Kavtaradze, Head of International Relations Division, Ministry of Youth and Sports and Mr. David Lortkipanidze, Director of the National Museum made the speeches at the event highlighting the paramount significance of the 7 billion world population for Georgia and the whole planet.
The event was concluded with the awarding ceremony of the journalists participating in the contest on the best media coverage on Youth Issues in Georgia, 2011 organized by UNFPA/Georgia and conducted in the framework of a global initiative – The 7 Billion Actions Campaign. Watch in Georgian: PalitraTV, ITV. Read in English: Georgia Today, InterPressNews, Parliament. Read in Georgian: EPN, Heretifm, Mtavari, Trialeti. Read in Russian: News Georgia
GUATEMALA: CERIGUA on 24 October reported that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launched the world anthem "Unite," which was conducted by 50 musicians from 13 countries, to commemorate the beginning of the countdown to 31 October when it is projected that the world population will reach seven billion. Read in Spanish: CERIGUA
CERIGUA on 27 October reported that the few people who own the planet are destroying the resources that belongs to all, so on the milestone to of 7 billion people it is necessary to rethink new ways of producing and distributing wealth in the world according to Leonor Calderón, representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Guatemala. Read in Spanish: CERIGUA
INDONESIA: The Jakarta Post published an article on 22 October on the commemoration of the World at 7 Billion in Yogyakarta, entitled: Global demographic challenges remain unresolved: UNFPA. The article quoted Nobuko Horibe, the UNFPA Asia Pacific Director, as saying that despite its huge impact in various sectors, population growth is a relatively recent phenomenon. In 1804, the global population was at one billion. Only recently has it increased significantly. In 2020, India will overtake China as the most populous country in the world. “If we look at the Asia-Pacific region, its population is currently at about 4 billion, or about 60 percent of the world population. Our share of 60 percent will go down gradually by 2050, while Africa will continue to increase,” said Horibe.
She added that population growth was not just a matter of figures. “It’s much more about how we are educated and employed, how boys and girls are treated and how much access we have to sexual and reproductive health services.”
Despite the commitment made in the ICPD in Cairo in 1994, the reality is still far from what we promise to do. Former UNFPA executive Director and currently Special Envoy to the HIV/AIDS in Asia and Pacific highlighted that many promises in the area of reproductive and sexual health remained undelivered. “After the ICPD, the issue of gender equality showed some progress but there were still some challenges that still had to be quickly overcome.” Read in English: The Jakarta Post
LEBANON: LBC reported on 30 October on the imminent birth of the 7 billion baby. The 2-minute report was screened within the peek-time news bulletin. It featured two newborn Lebanese girls and addressed the main challenges awaiting future generations in Lebanon. The report provided national statistics on poverty, women and youth. UNFPA was directly mentioned with a screenshot of the UNFPA CO website. Watch in Arabic: LBC
MTV reported on 30 October on water scarcity in a world of 7 billion. The 2-minute report was screened within the peek-time news bulletin and provided global UNFPA statistics on the availability of drinking water in light of population projections in the coming years.
Several media outlets reported on 26 October on the initiative UNFPA is leading to welcome Lebanese newborn babies on 31 October, which marks the day the world will be reaching 7 Billion people. This event aims to concretize the symbolic importance of the 7 Billion day and is organized jointly with the Ministry of Public Health and the Lebanese Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 17 public hospitals throughout Lebanon. On that day, midwives will be distributing welcome packages to newborns and their mothers. The package includes promotional material centered around the 7 billion logo and messages as well as informative pamphlets providing guidance on neonatal, family planning and sexual and reproductive health. The media was invited to cover the event. Read in Arabic: El Nashra, UPI, Vision News, Arabs Today, Al Ittihad, Al Markazia, Al Haraka
Al Hayat reported on 26 October on the 7 Billion Campaign. This article is part of the media-UNFPA Lebanon partnership to increase understanding about the specific challenges implied on Lebanon by a world population of 7 billion. This article is the first in a series of three. It provides a general approach to the campaign and to its rationale, in addition to a number of global trends on several issues, such as life expectancy, fertility and inequality. Read in Arabic: Al Hayat
Al Diyar reported on 24 October on the start of countdown to 7 billion. The article also included a brief overview of the campaign’s main themes. Read in Arabic: Al Diyar
Lebanon Files reported on 29 and 30 October on UNFPA’s 7 Billion Campaign. This one-page article appeared in the website’s special corner. The article describes the campaign led by UNFPA and focuses on the challenges facing Lebanon. The article also mentioned the UNFPA’s joint initiative with the Ministry of Public Health consisting of welcoming newborns in 18 Lebanese hospitals on the day of 7 Billion. Read in Arabic: Lebanon Files
Al Balad published “For your Information,” a statistical section on the 7 Billion Campaign on 30 October. This article is part of the media-UNFPA Lebanon partnership to increase understanding of the specific challenges implied on Lebanon by a world population of 7 billion. This article is the last section in a series of 4 weekly sections. Entitled “Reproductive Health: A Basic Right”, the article provides a statistical snapshot on maternal health in Lebanon. The article also mentions UNFPA Lebanon’s efforts for empowering women making quality SRH services and information available and in preventing gender Based Violence.
MALAWI: The Nation reported on 26 October that on 31 October the world’s population will reach seven billion and that UNFPA country representative Athanase Nzokirishaka said his organisation has since unveiled a new website called 7 Billion Actions as part of its activities to mark the event. The website, according to UNFPA, will give the UN, local governments, economists and NGOs access to data predicting population growth over time. Read in English: The Nation
NAMIBIA: The Namibian on 27 October reported on the impacts of a 7 billion population. “The world population will reach seven billion on October 31, said the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which country representative Fabian Byomuhangi said presents a serious challenge, opportunity and call to manage the world’s resources more prudently.” Read in English: The Namibian
NICARAGUA: Semanario Confidencial reported on 28 October that while population growth is measured mainly in terms of its impact on food security, resources, reproductive health, international migration, unemployment and environmental sustainability, the Executive Director of UNFPA, Babatunde Osotimehin, prefers to see it more positively. Read in Spanish: Semanario Confidencial
PHILIPPINES: The Manila Bulletin on 30 October published an op-ed saying that sometime Sunday, a baby was born, and the world’s population reached seven billion. The birth came a day ahead of what the United Nations has proclaimed as The Day of 7 Billion. It as much a milestone in human history as it is a worldwide cause for deep concern. In the UN World Population Fund’s (UNFPA) list of the world’s most populous countries, the Philippines ranks 12th. That means one in every 73 persons on the planet live here. To Ugochi Daniels, the UNFPA’s country representative in the Philippines, “the challenge is responding to the needs of these young people by providing them with life skills, including proper information about their sexuality, that will allow them to better plan their lives and contribute to nation-building.” Read in English: Manila Bulletin
The Manila Bulletin on 30 October published an editorial saying there will be seven billion people sharing Earth’s land and other resources by October 31, 2011, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). UNFPA is leading a global campaign to build awareness on the opportunities and challenges of a world of seven billion people, to be launched on October 31, 2011 – “7 Billion Day” – when it will also release its annual State of World Population report, titled “People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion.” Read in English: Manila Bulletin
SIERRA LEONE: Standard Times published on 28 September that late in October, a child will be born, the 7th billion citizen of planet earth. We will never know the circumstance into which he or she will be born. We know that the baby will enter a world of vast unpredictable change.
The world population has tripled since the United Nations was created in 1945. And our numbers keep growing and corresponding pressure on land, energy, food and water. The global economy is generating pressures as well: these trends link the fate and future of today’s seven billion people as never before. No nation alone can solve the great global challenges of the twenty first century. International cooperation is a universal need.
SOUTH AFRICA: Sowetan reported on 26 October on the UNFPA's 31 October 7 billion milestone. Read in English: Sowetan
TANZANIA: The Citizen on 26 October reported that Tanzanians have been strongly urged to take responsibility and act for the good of development as the world's population reaches 7 billion at the end of this month. This was said by UNFPA Representative Dr. Julita Onabanjo on the official countdown of towards the birth of the 7 billionth child.
The Sunday Guardian on 30 October reported that Tanzanian families too large. With projections that the world population will hit seven billion on 31 October, UNFPA has revealed that many Tanzanians have larger families than they can afford.
TOGO: Togo Presse on 26 October highlighted the celebrations of the 66th anniversary of the United Nations on 24 October under the “7 Billion Actions Campaign.” The celebration, held at a dinner party in the gardens of the Hotel Sarakawa in Lomé witnessed the presence of a cross-section of Togo’s political, traditional and economic elites as well as United Nations’ Representatives and Personnel. In her welcoming speech, the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations’ System in Togo, Ms. Khardiata Lo N’diaye, expressed felicitation to the President of the Republic and his Head of Government on the occasion on the election of Togo as a non-permanent member state of the UN Security Council. She further underscored the historic aspect of the year 2011; a year where, according to UNFPA statistics, the world will be counting 7billion inhabitants. Ms. Lo N’diaye concluded by stressing the necessity of putting into place strategic orientation plans in order to face the challenges that a world of 7billion inhabitants would present.
TURKEY: The Hürriyet Daily News reported on 30 October that the day the world population reaches 7 billion is not a cause for alarm. “Our projection is that if current trends continue, the population of Turkey will reach 100 million by 2050, so I’m not very worried. But if you push too hard to have more children it could lead to issues. Many cities like Istanbul are so crowded already,” Dr. Zahidul Huque, the U.N. Population Fund’s (UNFPA) representative in Ankara, said in an interview with the Hürriyet Daily News. Read in English: Hürriyet Daily News
UGANDA: The Observer on 30 October published an article quoting UNFPA Uganda Country Representative Janet Jackson. “We need to stop and ponder on how we can make this space which we all share together a better place,” Jackson said. “There is need to ensure families are planned and that every child is wanted. This will lead to families that are cared for. Individual decisions are very important in determining global population growth.” Jackson also advises that priority be given to women and girls because “when women are healthy and educated they trigger progress in their families, communities and nations.” Read in English: The Observer
New Vision published an editorial on 28 October urging Uganda to “tackle causes of high population growth.” “If we want to pay more than lip service to reducing our population growth rates – among the fastest in the world, we need to pay particular attention to women’s welfare and encourage their empowerment.” UNFPA data is quoted throughout.
UNITED STATES: PBS' "To the Contrary"on 28 October broadcast an interview with UNFPA Executive Director on the 7 billion. His piece starts at the 16:04 mark. View in English: PBS
UNITED KINGDOM: BBC on 28 October broadcast a programme on the 7 billion featuring UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde. Listen in English: BBC
URUGUAY: Several media outlets reported on 29 October that the world population was to reach 7 billion, and coinciding with this occasion UNFPA and Montevideo City Council organized a parade of candombe, a musical genre with African roots that was declared humankind heritage by UNESCO. Hundreds of drums and dancers took to Montevideo’s city center. In addition, a population counter was installed in a public screen on Intendencia’s Square from which Montevideans could follow population reaching 7 billion. Read more in Spanish: Canal 10, La República, Subrayado y Causa Abierta.
Several media outlets reported on 28 October that while the world was expecting its 7 billionth inhabitant, several web applications allowed individuals to discover how many people lived at the moment of every person’s birth. Read more in Spanish: Montevideo.com, El País, Subrayado and El Observador.
VIET NAM: Multiple media outlets reported on 28 October that the world population is projected to reach 7 billion on 31 October. To mark this important milestone, a gala night on “The World at 7 Billion – Counting on Each Other” was held in Ha Noi on 27 October, by the Ministry of Health and the United Nations in Viet Nam. Speaking at the gala night, the Minister of Health, Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said “This gala shows a commitment from the government of Viet Nam on joining efforts for a healthy planet and healthy people”.
The 7 billion milestone is a challenge, it is an opportunity and it is a call to action. “We are here today – different ages, careers, cultures, nationalities and languages – but let the power of music brings us together. I am one of 7 billion. You are one of 7 billion. Each of us has a unique role and shared responsibility to address issues that affect us all towards inclusive, equitable and sustainable development,” said Mr. Bruce Campbell, UNFPA Representative in Viet Nam. Read the in Vietnamese: Gia Dinh va Xa Hoi (Family and Society), Song Tre, Tien Phong and Nhan Dan
The Nation on 9 October reported that UNFPA participated in the 2011 Mother’s Fun Run project. The fun run is a Nation Publications Limited (NPL) corporate social responsibility project meant to reduce maternal deaths in the country. UNFPA was one of the organizations, which also donated medical equipment to Thyolo District Hospital and Thekerani Health centre through the fun run project.
Speaking at the fun run, UNFPA Malawi Resident Representative Athanase Nzokirishaka said the initiative is bearing fruit as every year new public and private institutions are getting on board to support the event. Nzokirishaka said motherhood is only a joyful moment when both the mother and baby are alive, but in Malawi, giving birth is not all that safe. Read in English: The Nation
The Nation reported on 30 September that UNFPA in Malawi, through the Health Donor Group, advised the Government of Malawi to come up with financing systems on top of revamping the country’s Central Medical Store.
While speaking at the opening of the joint annual review of the Sector Wide Approach (SWAp), UNFPA Representative Athanase Nzokirishaka, who is also the chairperson of the Health Donor Group, blamed the current shortage of drugs in Malawi’s public health sector on theft, corruption and inefficiency in the national drug supply.
Nzokirishaka encouraged the country’s Central Medical Store to establish a viable financial model for the future as well as identify short-term capital and address past debts.
“The donor community has intervened consistently on behalf of Malawian citizens over the past two years by procuring and distributing HIV, family planning, child health, and malaria commodities directly to facilities, directly compensating for weak state of the CMS system.
He said Malawi also needs to demonstrate that it can fully remove the inefficiency, leakage and corruption at all levels of the system.
“Health donors intervened again when theft of drugs from Central Medical Stores threatened the lives of Malawians, and created a parallel distribution system to ensure that donor-procured drugs reached those most in need,” said Nzokirishaka. Read in English: The Nation
The Daily Times reported on 30 September that UNFPA in Malawi, through the Health Donor Group, bemoaned the ineffectiveness of the country’s Health Service Commission in employing and confirming new health cadres into the service and urged the Ministry of Health to lobby for an alternative mechanism which could handle human resource issues which the Commission could not handle.
Commenting on the progress of the 2004-2011 Health Sector Strategic Plan, chairperson of the Health Donor Group Athanase Nzokirishaka said human resource shortages were no longer considered an emergency compared to 2004. He said there was a reduction in health personnel patient ratio but it was still below the World Health Organisation’s recommended ratio.
“However, we are yet to see how the increase in staff levels has contributed to service provision. There is still more that needs to be done by increasing investments in human resource,” he said. Nzokirishaka also urged various stakeholders in the health sector to collect reliable data and stick to timelines under the health sector strategic plan to avoid delays in implementation and disbursement of funds. Read in English: Daily Times
The Nation on Sunday in Malawi reported on 11 September that UNFPA in Malawi and the Men for Gender Equality Now (Megen) organized a workshop for journalists where a model family in the area of gender-based violence briefed the journalists on the concept of a Victim Support Unit (VSU). The journalists were briefed that the VSU, supported by UNFPA, is located in the confines of a police station, and becomes a safe haven for victims that run to it. According to police sub-inspector Wells Munthali, the VSU takes care of gender-based violence cases and that families are counselled and a rights-based approach is used to ensure. Read in English: The Nation
Zodiak Broadcasting Station in Malawi reported on 30 August that UNFPA in Malawi joined in the commemoration of the International Youth Day, where young people called for their inclusion in decision making on issues of national importance to allow them contribute to national development.
Athanase Nzokirishaka, UNFPA Malawi Resident Representative, was quoted saying that there are a number of challenges the nation’s youth are facing which need to be addressed. “Early marriages, early child bearing, low illiteracy rates, low education attainment and un-employment are some of the challenges that hinder meaningful participation of the youths in the national development of this country,” said Nzokirishaka.
Nzokirishaka also said among other challenges, many adolescent girls and young women face gender discrimination and violence in the country.
BOLIVIA: Correo del Sur, reported on 12 August that the photographic exhibition, "Diversity of Bolivia in the year of 7 billion," sponsored and organized by UNFPA, has arrived in Sucre. The exposition is part of the 7 Billion Actions campaign. Read in Spanish: Correo del Sur
CAMBODIA: The Phnom Penh Post, The Sabay Online News and Voice of Democracy reported on 11 and 15 August on a photographic competition, “Maternal and Child Health,” which is just one element of the global 7 Billion Actions campaign launched on 11 July, World Population Day. Pen Sophanara, a communications associate at the Phnom Penh UNFPA offices, says that statistics collated in 2008 show that 416 out of every 100,000 women die due to childbirth in Cambodia – the highest rate among all developing countries. Read: Phnom Penh Post. Read in Khmer: Sabay Online News
CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE): Tele-Congo broadcast on 12 August a special edition of its weekly TV magazine, "Economy Moving Forward" devoted to "A World at 7 Billion People." The one-hour special programme featured UNFPA Representative David Lawson and was devoted to World Population Day 2011. Mr. Lawson said, "As we reflect on a world at 7 billion people, let us think of the most vulnerable and how we imagine a safer and better world for all...the world we dream living in now and in the future."
GUATEMALA: Prensa Libre reported on 11 August that representatives from several youth organizations said they expect the state to be receptive to them, particularly as they call for passage of a new youth law. José Roberto Luna, from UNFPA, noted that the day marked the end of the International Youth Year. Read in Spanish: Prensa Libre
MALAWI: The Nation reported on 14 August on the country’s commemoration of World Population Day, which included remarks by UNFPA Assistant Representative Dorothy Nyasulu, who spoke on behalf of the Representative. Read: The Nation
UNITED STATES: RHRealityCheck.org published a blog on 19 August by Jane Roberts calling attention to UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin’s recent editorial on population growth in Science magazine. She wrote, “Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, the new Executive Director of UNFPA writes the lead editorial. He cites the fact of there being 584 million adolescent girls and that 88 per cent of them live in developing countries. He cites the United Nations Adolescent Girls Task Force, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH of which our grassroots movement 34 Million Friends of UNFPA is a member), the Global Strategy on Women's and Children's Health and in Africa the Campaign for Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality as evidence of the world's recognition of the centrality of girls' and women's access to education, health and human rights to an acceptable future for people and the planet.” Read: RHRealityCheck.org
The Nation reported on 12 August that UNFPA in Malawi funded a workshop on the integration of family planning, gender, sexual reproductive health and population and development, for senior officers from the Central Region Malawi Police Service on August 10. The workshop was organised by the Pakachere Institute of Health and Communication Development. Dorothy Nyasulu, UNFPA Malawi assistant representative, was quoted speaking at the workshop saying that HIV and AIDS prevalence in the police service exceeds the national prevalence rate of 10.6 per cent. “This is very disturbing because the prevalence rates are too high. I would, therefore, want to urge the senior officers to take a fresh look at the epidemic, examine programming priorities, policies and attitudes to see how they can be strengthened to build the police resolve on how to fight HIV and AIDS,” said Ms. Nyasulu. Read: The Nation
Daily Times reported on 27 July that the UNFPA country office in Malawi sponsored an obstetric fistula camp at Zomba Central Hospital in Malawi this year where the vast majority of the 103 patients were from rural areas, with poor educational backgrounds. Veronica-Kamanga-Njikho, UNFPA Malawi gender officer was quoted saying that for every 100 women in Malawi, 50 of them got married before they reached the age of 18. In contrast, only seven out of 100 males got married before they reached 18. “For cultural and economic reasons, many women are unable to negotiate the timing and conditions under which sex occurs, particularly on the use of condoms, whether male or female,” she said.