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(The State of the World Population 2011 Report Launch; From the left Dr. Arun Kashyap, United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Jamaica; Mr. Robert Fuderich, UNICEF Jamaica Resident Representative; Ms. Akiko Fujii, UNDP Jamaica Deputy Resident Representative;Dr. Rudolph Stevens, Senior Medical Officer, Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH); Victoria Jubilee Hospital, Kingston downtown, Jamaica; October 31, 2011. Photo: UNDP Jamaica/Carol Narcisse)
As the world population officially reached 7 billion on October 31, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for global solidarity to address pressing problems of climate change, economic crisis and inequality in order to make the world a better place for current and future generations.
To mark the occasion the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launched the State of the World Population 2011 Report at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in downtown Kingston, Jamaica. Speaking at the launch, Dr. Arun Kashyap, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Jamaica drew attention to stark inequalities. Dr. Kashyap noted that nearly 1 billion people go hungry every day; 5% of people consume 23% of total energy; 13% of the people do not have access to potable water and 38% of the population does not have access to sanitation.
" One American child generates as much CO2 as 106 Haitian kids" Dr. Kashyap said. He said further that "The central challenge for the future of people and the planet is how to raise more of us out of poverty, while reducing the impact each of us has on the planet... how we arrive at a balanced lifestyle ... will hold the key".
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