The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in partnership with MTV Exit, is hosting Calle 13 at 11am on Monday November 21st in UNICEF House Danny Kaye Centre Visitor’s Centre, 3 UN Plaza 44th Street between First and Second Avenue, for a press conference to launch MTV EXIT Latin America, a multi-media campaign to increase awareness of human trafficking and exploitation in the region. Previews for a new video featuring the song dedicated to UNICEF and a documentary on Child trafficking and exploitation will be shown. The event will be streamed live through UNICEF’s Live-stream channel, http://www.livestream.com/unicef as well as the http://www.facebook.com/MTVEXITLA FB Page.
Check out the article, Global Urbanization As Investment Opportunity, published in Trading Desk. The article begins by saying, “With an estimated 7 billion people and counting now on the planet, global demand for everything from electricity to mobile phones is likely to shoot up.” The article has unique insight from the chief market strategist at U.S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management’s Joseph Quinlan.
Quinlan asks important questions in the article such as, “Globally, what is going to happen when even a fraction of the 3.5 billion people still on the farm today move to the cities tomorrow?”
Seven Billion Actions partner, and adviser to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Don Bulmer writes about the power of relationships, and how individuals relate to causes, people, work, culture, beliefs, and issues in his blog-post published in Social Media Today.
Our 7 Billion Action’s campaign was recently highlighted in MTV’s Act Blog. In the article, MTV Act acknowledges that as we commemorate this milestone, it’s once again the perfect time to build a healthier and sustainable world.
As we reached 7 billion, gender equality continues to be a topic of strong importance. Women are key players to a nation’s economic growth. Please take a look at this Thomson Reuters infographic, highlighting gender inequality and its detrimental effects on human development.
We invite you to read this informative infographic from Thomson Reuters which looks at the planet’s youth. Those under 25 now make up 43% of the world’s population and their numbers are higher in developing countries.
Tokyo: World at 7 Billion x 7 Billion Actions Campaign
As part of the 7 Billion Actions campaign, regional UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) offices from around the world worked together to bring awareness of our growing population. UNFPA’s Tokyo office, in particular, did an astounding job of executing an unique campaign in Japan. We’ll be highlighting the works of our Tokyo partner in a series of blog posts. Today’s post highlights the media coverage and briefings from their campaign. For more information, please visit their site at www.70okunin.com.
In Japan, the 7 Billion Actions campaign was named, “70okunin no sekai x 70 okunin no action” which translates to “World at 7 Billion x 7 Billion Actions.” The Tokyo office brought attention to the campaign by tailoring their message to Japanese constituents, with a call to action to bring awareness to the many issues facing the “World at 7 Billion” and having participants declare their “7 Billion Actions.” Throughout the campaign, UNFPA Tokyo highlighted the issues of 7 billion with media briefings and conferences.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) published its Human Development Index, ranking countries on their development issues, progress and policies. An article at the Huffington Post looks at the 10 lowest-ranking nations on this year’s index.
According to the article, this year’s study focuses on “the connection between development, equity and environmental sustainability.” Issues, which the UNDP argues, will hinder global development.
"We have a collective responsibility towards the least privileged among us today and in the future around the world—and a moral imperative to ensure that the present is not the enemy of the future," UNDP director Helen Clark concludes.
Please take a look at this Thomson Reuters infographic that details the global trend of urbanization. In the next 40 years almost all human population growth will come from urban centers in the developing world.
We’d like to share with you this Thomson Reuters infographic that highlights the correlation between living standards and fertility. The high rates of births in developing countries may keep higher numbers of people in poverty unless developmental investments are made for women and girls, in education and living conditions. The graphic below looks at five countries with the highest and lowest fertility scores.
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, writes a special article in the Huffington Post about what the focus should be as we reached 7 billion earlier this week.
Another infographic from Thomson Reuters showcases our planet’s ageing population. Please note the breakdown in percentages of those that are 60 and over and the distributions from rural to urban areas.
Cairo Readers: 7Billion Special This Friday November 4
Great news to our friends in Egypt: the MBC program ‘Green Apple’ will broadcast a 7Billion Actions Campaign special on the Arab region this Friday November 4, 2011 at 19:00 (EET) Cairo time. A link to the program will be provided after the broadcast.
Today's babies: ‘I wish them interesting lives’-- Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin
In a interview with Emi Kolawole of the Washington Post, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, the fourth Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) provides interesting insights on what the 8th billion child can expect when he or she is born.
“I expect that we will be more interconnected,” he says, as the world will have “more vigor coming from young people.” He also mentioned the importance of social media, saying that we’ll “have a non-hierarchical information exchange system,” that would give us “a more transparent society.”
As a part of the 7 billion actions campaign, the National Press Club Journalism Institute in Washington, D.C. joined with National Geographic, the United Nations Foundation and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, to sponsor a special photo exhibit that will continue through November 11 in the lobby of the National Press Club (529 14th Street NW, 13th floor, Washington DC). The exhibit includes selected photographs from the 2011 year-long series in National Geographic magazine and on-line on global population at 7 billion.
Myanmar: "People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion"
Different regions of the world marked the world’s population reaching 7 Billion people in different ways. In Myanmar, the United Nations Population Fund, (UNFPA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Immigration and Population, launched the State of World Population 2011 Report in Nay Pyi Taw, on 31 October 2011 marking the day when the world population reached 7 billion, and celebrated with the Ministry of Health the birth of a seven billionth baby born at a health facility in Nay Pyi Taw.
Ted Turner, the founder and chairman of the United Nations Foundation, has written a special article on CNN.com about the need to increase family planning access for women and girls in the developing world.
“Population has become a dirty word.”-Andrew Mitchell
As the world’s population reaches seven billion - with the number of babies born each month equal to the population of Portugal - now is the time to start talking about it.
In a blog post at DFID, Britain’s Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell writes that as we observe the birth of the 7th billionth human, it’s time to “start talking about it.” One of the ways he proposes we talk about it is investments in women and family planning. “Giving girls and women the choice to decide whether, when and how many children they have means fewer women die in childbirth and the poorest families can make what little they have go further,” he writes.