October 31, 2011 by staff
World Population, The UN estimates that world population reached seven billion people on Monday. Countries around the world celebrated the occasion with lavish ceremonies for newborns that symbolizes the milestone, and warnings that may have human beings is much to the planet’s resources.
A number of festivals are held around the world with a series of seven billion babies born symbolic.
The celebrations began in the Philippines, as Danica May Camacho came into the world in two minutes before midnight, a little girl born into a family wrinkled fighting for Manila.
Born in the populous Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, Danica was greeted with a chocolate cake brand “7B Philippines” and a gift certificate for shoes for free.
There were bursts of flashes of the photographers, and speeches by local officials.
Amid the millions of births and deaths worldwide every day, it is impossible to detect the arrival of seven-billionth of the occupants of the balloon.
Speaking on Monday, Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary, said: “Our world is one of the terrible contradictions plenty of food, but one billion people go hungry lavish lifestyles for a few, but the poverty of many others … ”
He asked rhetorically: “What kind of world has seven billion baby born in?”
“It looks so beautiful,” whispered Danica’s mother, Camille Galura, while cradling the baby of 2.5 kg, born a month premature.
The baby was the second of Galura and her partner, Florante Camacho, a pilot who supports the family with a small salary driving a “jeepney,” a ubiquitous jeep-like bus used by many Filipinos poor and working class.
Dr. Eric Tayag of the Department of Health of the Philippines said that the symbolic birth comes with a warning.
Seven million is a number that we think deeply, “he said.
“I really should focus on whether there will be food, water, shelter, education and a decent life for all children,” he said.
“If the answer is ‘no’, would be better for people to look to alleviate the population explosion.”
In the Philippines, much of the population issue revolves around birth control.
The government supports a program that includes artificial birth control, but the powerful Roman Catholic Church vehemently opposes contraception.
Camacho, a Catholic like her husband, said he was aware of the position of the church but decided to start using contraceptives.
“The number of homeless children I see on the streets are still multiplying,” said Camacho. “When I see them, it bothers me because I like and maybe they do not.”
Demographers say it took until 1804 for the world to reach the first billion people, and a century until he hit two million in 1927.
During the 20th century there was a dramatic increase: Three thousand million in 1959, four million dollars in 1974, five million in 1987, six million in 1998.
The UN estimates that world population will reach eight million by 2025 and 10 million for 2083. However, the numbers can vary widely, depending mainly on life expectancy, access to contraception, infant mortality rates.
In Uttar Pradesh, India – the most populous state in the second most populous country – officials said the appointment of seven girls who were born on Monday to symbolize the seven million dollars.
Among newborn girls was Nargis, which arise from Ajay Yadav and Vinita.
His father said: “I am very happy that my daughter is a special baby and I’ll make sure she will do something about herself when she grows up.”
India, struggling with a deeply rooted preference for sons and a skewed sex ratio because of millions of aborting female fetuses is to use the day to highlight this issue.
“It would be an opportune time if the seven billionth baby is a girl born in rural India,” said Dr. Madhu Gupta, a gynecologist in Uttar Pradesh. “It would be helpful in the new global focus on girls, who are subject to inequality and prejudice.”
According to U.S. government estimates, India has 893 girls per 1,000 boys at birth, compared with 955 girls per 1,000 boys in the U.S..
On Monday, Indian children were chosen to be born at the Community Center run by the government of the City Health mall on the outskirts of the capital of Uttar Pradesh Lucknow.
Six babies were born from midnight to 8 am on Monday and four children.
The skewed sex ratio
China, meanwhile, that 1.34 million people is the world’s most populous country, said he would support a one-child policy, a set of restrictions in place three decades ago, limiting urban families to one child and rural families to two.
“Overpopulation is one of the major challenges of social and economic development,” said Li Bin, director of the State Commission for Population and Family Planning, the official Xinhua news agency.
Li said that China’s population would reach 1.45 billion by 2020.
While the Beijing government says its strict family planning policy has helped boost the economy of the country’s rapid growth has also brought many problems.
Soon, demographers say, there are not enough young Chinese to support its huge elderly population.
China, like India, also has a very uneven sex ratio, with aid groups say have led to selective abortions of girls around 43 million less than it should have, considering the general population.
India, with 1.2 million people are expected to surpass China around 2030, when the indigenous population reached an estimated $ 1.6 million.
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