The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) presented the State of World Population 2011 report in Hanoi on Oct. 27.
UNFPA chief representative Bruce Campbell said the world’s population
is projected to reach 7 billion on October 31, 2011, creating both
opportunities and challenges.
Campbell said the figure of 7 billion inspires a call for
cooperation across the globe, in each region and country, to reduce
inequity and improve living conditions for present and future
The UNFPA report, entitled “P eople and
Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion” showed that the record population
can be considered a success of human beings as people can live longer
and many children can overcome illness to remain alive.
A world of 7 billion also creates opportunities and responsibilities to
invest in 1.8 billion young people aged between 10-24, accounting for
more than one-fourth of the world’s total population and with 90 percent
of them living in developing countries. With sound policies, suitable
investment and social assistance, young people can enjoy a healthier
life, contributing to improving peace and political stability, said the
However, it pointed out challenges as the
current population growth of around 78 million people each year will
increase demand for natural resources and impose greater pressure on the
According to the census in 2009,
Vietnam is now entering a golden population period, with young people
aged between 10-24 accounting for nearly one third of the nation’s total
UNFPA says the country can take advantage
of the young workforce by ensuring that they all have access to basic
social services, education and training. This will help them contribute
to the country’s future socio-economic development./.