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