‘Milestone for humanity’ as UN celebrates 8 billionth birth | | 1UN News
“A world of 8 billion is a milestone for humanity - the result of longer lifespans, reductions in poverty, and decllining maternal and childhood mortality. Yet, focusing on numbers alone distracts us from the real challenge we face: Securing a world in which progress can be enjoyed equally and sustainably,” said UNFPA chief Natalia Kanem.
No ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution
Whether populations are growing or shrinking, every country must be equipped to provide its citizens with a good quality of life and lift up the most marginalized.
“We cannot rely on one-size-fits-all solutions in a world in which the median age is 41 in Europe, compared to 17 in sub-Saharan Africa”, continued Ms. Kanem.
“To succeed, all population policies must have reproductive rights at their core, invest in people and planet, and be based on solid data”.
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