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As part of today’s topic of Environment: Healthy Planet, Healthy People, take a look at the video message from Achim Steiner, the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme.

Steiner discussed the Green Economy approach to sustainable development and how it can address many of the issues around population growth.

How can we make better use of our resources in a world of 7 billion?

Is it investing in renewable energy? Using green technology? Or promoting eco-tourism?

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Topic of the Day- Young People: Forging the Future

As part of the 7 Day Countdown to a world of 7 billion people, we’re dedicating each day this week to a specific key topic relating to the 7 Billion Actions campaign.

Saturday’s topic will be Young People: Forging the Future. Join us for all day conversation on youth and innovation hosted by UNFPA’s Youth Initiative, Conversations for a Better World. In a world of 7 billion, the collective power of the youth can make a huge impact on the world, especially as they leverage new technology such as social media to mobilize for change.

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Topic of the Day- Urbanization: Planning for Growth

As part of the 7 Day Countdown to a world of 7 billion people, we’re dedicating each day this week to a specific key topic relating to the 7 Billion Actions campaign. 

Sunday’s topic will be Urbanization: Planning for Growthand the 7 Billion Actions campaign is partnering with UN-HABITAT to bring special attention to this topic. 

Share your story with us. What have you seen people do it your city that makes it a more livable place? Bike lanes? Farmers markers? Urban farming?

What are you doing to make your neighborhood a more livable space? 

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Topic of the Day- Poverty and Inequality: Breaking the Cycle

As part of the 7 Day Countdown to a world of 7 billion people, we’re dedicating each day this week to a specific key topic relating to the 7 Billion Actions campaign.

Thursday’s topic will be Poverty and Inequality: Breaking the Cycle, highlighted with an initiative headed by UNDP, the United Nations Development Programme.

Do you have a photo that inspires others to combat poverty and inequality?

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Topic of the Day: Reproductive Health and Rights: The Facts of Life

As part of the 7 Day Countdown to a world of 7 billion people, we’re dedicating each day this week to a specific key topic relating to the 7 Billion Actions campaign.

Wednesday’s topic is Reproductive Health and Rights: The Facts of Life and we’ll be kicking it off with a virtual Facebook conversation with experts from the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. This unit is in charge of preparing the official UN population projections that provide the basis for estimating the day when the world will welcome its 7 billionth citizen. 

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UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, commemorated United Nations Day and the launch of the 7 Day Countdown by visiting the New Explorations into Science, Technology and Math Upper School. He spent the day with 500 students, who are part of the demographic of people under 25 that make up nearly half the world population. Take a look at the slideshow above for pictures from the event.

Students were asked to think of innovative solutions to population growth and will be invited to present their ideas at the UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, offices in the coming weeks.

Topic of the Day- Women and Girls: Empowerment and Progress


As we amp up our 7 Day Countdown to a World of 7 Billion, we’re excited to announce the first of our 7 key topics which we will be discussing one each day, leading up to October 31st. See yesterday’s blog post on how you can participate in the countdown and join the 7 Billion Actions movement.

Today’s topic is Women and Girls: Empowerment and Progress and we’re kicking it off this morning at 11:30 EST with a Twitter Chat with UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. Join UN Women’s Chief Advisor on Peace & Security, Ann Marie Goetz, for an interactive Twitter chat around the issues of sexual violence in conflict, women’s participation in peace talks and post-conflict resolution.

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Watch the Innojam with SAP and UNFPA

To officially kick-off the 7 Day Countdown to 7 Billion, join SAP and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, for a unique two part event today.

From 8am to 9:30am PST, watch a distinguished executive panel, including Silicon Valley tech, academic, and non-profit thought leaders, discuss pressing challenges and greatest opportunities in a world of 7 Billion.

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Join the 7 Day Countdown to a World at 7 Billion

The world population is projected to reach 7 billion people on October 31st- exactly seven days from today. Join the 7 Billion Actions campaign as we count down to a world of 7 billion by sharing your positive stories using social media.

One New Topic Each Day 

Each day will be dedicated to a specific topic, so pick one of the topics below, and tell us how you or your organization is taking action in that specific area. We are hoping for nothing less than an explosion of positive stories of individuals and organizations making a difference in their communities and around the world.

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Event in Poland to Address Sexual and Reproductuve Health and Rights

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights is one of the seven key issues of the 7 Billion Actions initiative. On October 13th - October 14th the EuroNGOs (a European network of non-governmental organizations that cooperate in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights, population and development), will hold a conference titled: “Future Perspectives on Development Cooperation - Putting Sexual and Reproductive Health on the Right Track,” and it will take place in Warsaw, Poland.

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We need one thing above all else — solidarity

At the recent United Nations General Assembly, the Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon,  said that in October our population will reach 7 billion. He went on to say that, should the 7 billionth baby be born a girl, she would likely be poor and might not grow up to be healthy and strong. He said, “if she is especially lucky, she will be educated and go into the world full of hopes and dreams.”

He ended on a positive note, and said 7 billion people, “need solutions; they demand leadership; the want us to act.” Read the entire speech here.