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SBS’s Seven Billion Stories and Counting Website

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The Australian multicultural and multilingual broadcaster, and partner of the 7 Billion Actions intitiative, SBS (Special Broadcasting Service) launched an interactive website in partnership with 7 Billion Actions called: 7 Billion Stories and Counting… The easy to navigate website offers users the ability to expand their knowledge on each of the 7 key issues of the intitiative, share their own personal story, join the ongoing conversation on Twitter, and see how one can get involved and make a difference.

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"Justice, Equity and Dignity for all: Developing a Sustainable World for 7 Billion People"

The United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service has published a recent article on 7 Billion Actions in its newsletter. The article features interviews with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director, Babatunde Osotimehin; Assistant Director‐General at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Lorraine B. Williams ; an opinion piece by UNFPA Youth Fellow, Babu Ram Pant; as well as interviews with individuals and civil society representatives. Read the article here


Help UNICEF and MTV Exit Fight Human Trafficking

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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.

Poverty and Population Growth

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. 

“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.

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'What Does 7 Billion People Mean? There's An App For That!'

There’s App’s for everything these days, and now there is even an app for the world’s population reaching 7 Billion people! The IPad app is called “7 Billion" and is free! The application is part of National Geographic’s year-long series on the world’s new population number. Throughout the year National Geographic will update new features to the application! The app is loaded with features, charts, photos, videos, infographics, and more. Click here to check it out!