"Let us unite, seven billion strong, in the name of the global common good."
Message for UN Day 2011 by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
On 31 October 2011, the world's population reached 7 billion.
A world of 7 billion poses many challenges: in fighting poverty and disease, in securing education and sustainable livelihoods and in mitigating climate change. But this milestone for humanity can also be seen as an opportunity to renew our commitment to work individually and together for a better world.
A campaign spearheaded by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), called 7 Billion Actions, seeks to inspire change that will make a difference by highlighting positive action by individuals and organizations around the world. You can read their stories or add your own at 7billionactions.org
As part of the annual outreach programme, UN4U, on 24 October Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the New Explorations into Science, Technology and Math High School in New York City. There he announced the countdown to 31 October and promoted the 2011 theme for UN Day: "Ways the United Nations Makes a Difference in Everyday Life."
Current World Population
Data provided by 7 Billion Actions website