How should we deal with 'World at Seven Billion?'

10:50, July 13, 2011      

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July 11, 2011 is the 22nd World Population Day. This year's World Population Day will have the theme of "The World at Seven Billion," which was set by the UN.

In October 2011, the global population will reach 7 billion, which is a milestone in human development but also a significant topic facing the entire human race. During the "July 11 World Population Day" conference, jointly held by the National Population and Family Planning Commission of China and the People's Government of Tianjin, Li Bin, director of the commission, said that It depends on our current decisions whether we will be able to keep living on a healthy and sustainable earth.

Global population will continue to grow

Currently, there are 3.7 billion people of childbearing age in the world, meaning that the global population will continue to grow in the next several decades. According to statistics, the global population is increasing by 78 million annually, which is equal to the total population of Canada, Australia, Greece and Portugal. Almost all the population increases come from developing countries, and some countries have already not been able to satisfy the needs of their existing population.

Li said that the population increase is mainly from developing countries, where the contradiction between population, economy and resources has become increasingly sharp. Many wealthy and semi-developed countries are facing problems of low fertility and population aging.

Li believes although countries face different population problems and challenges, which they approach with varied policy focuses, one thing is the same: solving the population problem is an important part of the work of governments.

Whether or not the world's population will increase another 1 billion and many more billions in the future depends on the policies and funds that people have adopted in aspects such as maternity and child care, family planning, girls' education, and expanding job opportunities for women.

Li called on various countries to work together to solve these population and development problems when facing severe challenges brought by climate change, uneven population development and international migration in the context of globalization, internationalization and accelerated informatization.

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