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State of World Population 2011

People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion

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In late 2011, the global population will reach 7 billion, up from 6 billion in barely 12 years. This Report examines how the world got to this milestone, mentioning factors such as the big strides in health care that allow older people to live longer, more children to survive to adulthood and beyond, as well as policies and other initiatives that allow women to play a stronger role in society. This overview includes analysis of the latest demographic trends, such as the unprecedented youth bulge, as well as projections and implications for the quality of life of women, men and young people. The Report includes original reporting from China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, India, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

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Security, economic strength and independence in old age

Any picture of old age in a world of 7 billion people is kaleidoscopic, reflecting the many cultural imperatives, social factors, levels of development and available resources that define a country or society. On a spring morning in Xi’an, in China’s Shaanxi province, the air is filled with music at a huge middle class apartment complex, a private sector-provincial Government partnership dedicated to making life pleasant and healthy for its oldest citizens.

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