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Seven Billion People

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 by Sandy Finlayson  | 0 Comments

Danica Camacho from the Philippines and Nargis Kumar from Uttar Pradesh may not yet be household names.  However, they were both symbolically identified by the United Nations on the 31st of October as the world’s seven billionth baby.

It is only twelve years since Adnan Nevic from Bosnia Herzogovina was identified as the world’s six billionth baby and the population of the world has now more than doubled since David Attenborough started broadcasting only fifty years ago.

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, told a news conference to mark the occasion that the milestone was not just about one newborn child but about the entire “human family”.

He warned of rising public anger in the world’s population and the loss of faith in governments and public institutions to do the right thing.  He said that our world is one of terrible contradictions.  We have plenty of food but a billion people still go hungry with lavish lifestyles for the few but far too many still living in poverty. He said that we must think about our children and think about the future with vision and foresight. He said that he would call for the world’s poor not to be forgotten in a time of economic austerity and for women and young people to be given a proper voice in their future.  

He promised to deliver these messages to the leaders of the G20 at their recent summit in Cannes but nobody appears to have been listening as Europe’s leaders wring their hands mostly over the future of the Euro. 

Seven billion people is a lot of people to feed, water, clothe, keep warm, educate, transport and keep in good health. To achieve all of this, more people will need to do more work than ever before and it does seem astonishing that our leaders are so obsessed with a currency crisis when so much needs to be done.  

Robert Peston and Stephanie Flanders are experts at giving us a blow by blow account of the Euro crisis. One can’t help wondering whether we would be better if they went off and set up a new business to employ people. We all know that the way out of the crisis is to re-engage capital with investment in the future and build up the new businesses which will address all of the issues referred to above. Let’s get on with the work which needs to be done and stop agonising about the Euro.

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