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    On October 31, 2011, the United Nations Population Fund recognized the “Day of 7 Billion.” The date was symbolic (the milestone may have been reached in 2010 or 2012), as were the “seven billionth person” titles given to babies born in India, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines.
     
    A human population of 7 billion brings unique challenges, many of them related to gender equity and economic development. The UN recognized seven key issues that our growing population must address:
      • Poverty and Inequality: Breaking the Cycle
      • Women and Girls: Empowerment and Progress
      • Young People: Forging the Future
      • Reproductive Health and Rights: The Facts of Life
      • Environment: Healthy Planet, Healthy People
      • Ageing: An Unprecedented Challenge
      • Urbanization: Planning for Growth
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    economic development Noun

    rise in the standard of living of a community, including jobs, health care, and educational opportunities for residents.

    empower Verb

    to give authority or power.

    environment Noun

    conditions that surround and influence an organism or community.

    equity Noun

    fairness or impartiality.

    gender Noun

    physical, cultural, and social aspects of sexual identity.

    health Noun

    condition of an organism's body and mind.

    human population Noun

    distinct group of people who share a language, culture, economic status, or physical proximity.

    milestone Noun

    important event or stage in development.

    poverty Noun

    status of having very little money or material goods.

    symbolic Adjective

    serving as a representation of something.

    unique Adjective

    one of a kind.

    United Nations Noun

    international organization that works for peace, security and cooperation.

    urbanization Noun

    process in which there is an increase in the number of people living and working in a city or metropolitan area.