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On October 31st, when the world’s population reached 7 Billion people, Australian multiculutral broadcaster SBS launched an initiative called, “Seven Billion Stories and counting…” The campaign had a unique positive focus by examining the importance of the world’s seven billionth story, and highlighting humanity’s great potential. Check out SBS’s "The Seven Billionth Story" to see why TED recognized it as an “Ad Worth Spreading.”

Mother: Caring For 7 Billion from Tiroir A Films on Vimeo.

Watch this video: Mother: Caring for 7 Billion 

The world population has recently reached 7 Billion people, that’s 7 times what the population was just 200 years ago. This subject of population growth is the focus of the film Mother: Caring for 7 Billion. 

The film follows Beth, a mother and a child’s rights activist, as she uncovers the complexities of the “population issue.” 

Additionally, the film aims to highlight the fact “that overpopulation is merely a symptom of an even larger problem ‘A Domination System,’ that for most of human history has glorified the domination of man over nature, man over child, man over woman.” 

Click here to see more information on the film! 

Global Urbanization

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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?”

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Watch this Video: 7 Billion: How Did We Get So Big So Fast?

This unique video, ‘7 Billion: How Did We Get So Big So Fast?’ produced by National Public Radio (NPR) illustrates the answer to how the world’s population grew so much in such a short period of time. 

Human Development Index 2011

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.

To read the full report click here

For the Huffington Post article click here

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Today’s babies: ‘I wish them interesting lives’— Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Image- "world map from interview in Washington Post"

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.”

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