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Monday, 20 February 2012

THE TALK OF THE TOWN - Baby Boom – World's 7 billionth BABY is born in Manila, Philippines

Meet the 7 billionth Baby:

On October 31 of last year I received an email from the executive director of UNA-USA, Patrick Madden, informing the coming of the 7 billionth child.  A week before I had also read in TIMES magazine about the anticipation of the 7 billionth baby.  I decided to post it on my blog, as soon as the baby was identified, but then I put it on back burners and forgot all about it.  Until today when I was cleaning my inbox and came uponemail.  Here is the email and the news from the arrival of the baby.

Dear UNA-USA Members:
Our world is growing exponentially. Today, the world welcomes the birth of the 7 billionth child. With this in mind, it is more important than ever that we answer critical questions regarding population, health and sustainability. How these issues are addressed could determine whether that child lives in a safe, healthy and sustainable world — or one of insecurity, disease and instability.

Nations are facing population growth and shifts we haven’t seen before. Across the globe countries are seeking to address the health and environmental sustainability impacts of human development. Investments in international family planning contribute to a host of positive health and development outcomes, including the promotion of healthy, productive families and communities, environmental sustainability, and resource and food security.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — She came into the world at two minutes before midnight, a tiny, wrinkled girl born into a struggling Manila family. On Monday, she became a symbol of the world'spopulation reaching 7 billion people and all the worries that entails for the planet's future.

Weighing 2.5kg (5.5lb), Danica May Camacho was chosen by the United Nations to be one of several children around the world who will symbolically represent the global population milestone.
She was delivered just before midnight on Sunday amid an explosion of press camera flashes at Manila's Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital.
"She looks so lovely," her mother, Camille Dalura, whispered softly as she cradled her tiny newborn.
"I can't believe she is the world's seven billionth."
Danica's name means morning star. She is a second child for Camille Dalura and Florante Camacho.
The parents and the baby were met by officials from the UN, which named 31 October Seven Billion Day, aiming to draw attention to the challenges of the world's growing population.
The accuracy of the projection has been questioned, with some groups arguing that the figure is more likely to be reached next year.
UN officials nevertheless presented the baby and her parents with a small cake as she lay on her mother's chest wearing a knitted red hat.
The family also received a scholarship grant for Danica's education from wellwishers and some money to help them open a shop.
Previous children picked out at birth by the UN to mark world population milestones have complained that the international body forgot about them later in life.
Both 12-year-old Adnan Nevic of Bosnia Herzogovina, the sixth billionth baby, and Matej Gaspar from Croatia, who was number five billion, have complained that the UN chose them at birth then largely ignored them.
"We saw Kofi Annan as almost like a godfather to him," Adnan's father, Jasminko, told the Guardian.
Adnan said: "He held me up when I was two days old but since then we have heard nothing from them."
The UN Population Fund hopes to raise awareness about reproductive health, women's rights and inequality through the campaign.
Countries around the world have held celebrations to mark the occasion, including a song contest in Zambia and a concert in Vietnam.
The Philippines has 94.9 million people, according to a UN report, and 10% of girls aged 15 to 19 have been pregnant.
Enrique Ona, the country's health secretary, said the birth offered his country an opportunity to address population-related problems.

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