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Work for young people and care of elderly people are problems as world’s population hits seven billion

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 26 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6915
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

The world’s population will exceed seven billion for the first time in the next few days, just 12 years after it passed the six billion mark. The milestone, expected to be reached on 31 October, is “a challenge, an opportunity, and a call for action,” said Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund

In a new report the fund says that greater investment is needed in young people aged 10 to 24 years, who make up 1.8 billion of the world’s seven billion. It also calls for greater equality between the sexes, empowering women and girls to make …

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