London, 14th October 2011: Marie Stopes International is delighted to be a leading partner in marking a unique moment in the world’s history, when the global population reaches the 7 billion milestone, later this month.
The innovative global campaign, led by UNFPA, aims to build awareness and inspire positive action around the opportunities and challenges of a world of 7 billion.
Reaching this population milestone has implications for a range of issues including reproductive health and rights, women and girls empowerment, and young people. And it is an opportunity to renew global commitment for a healthy and sustainable world.
The 7 Billion Actions campaign seeks to achieve two key objectives:
- building global awareness around the opportunities and challenges associated with a world of 7 billion people
- inspiring governments, NGOs, private sector, media, academia and individuals to take actions that will have a socially positive impact.
Samantha Guy, Associate Director, Policy and Partnerships Team at Marie Stopes International, said:
“We are delighted to be taking a leading role in this innovative campaign with our valued partner, UNFPA. Building awareness and inspiring positive impact around the issues of reproductive healthcare and the empowerment of women and girls are objectives that we wholly support.
“By providing high quality SRHR services where they are needed the most, we are making a sustainable impact on the lives of millions of people every year.”
Meanwhile, as the secretariat of the EPWG we will launch, in collaboration with UNFPA, the State of the World Population report at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the 26th October 2011.
This year’s report sees a focus on Members of the European Parliament who we are seeking to reach by organising the launch to coincide with their plenary meeting. The launch event will be preceded by three days of awareness raising in the Parliament building itself.
The campaign culminates in “7 Billion day” on the 31st October 2011, which will be recognised around the world.
You can see the world’s current population for yourself by viewing the population counter on the 7 Billion Actions campaign website which also features a wide range of news, blogs, personal stories, music and film.
Visit the campaign website to share your story and be counted as one of the 7 Billion