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7 Billionth Baby To Be Born In Complexit – UN Scribe 

By Dorothée Elouna & Kwaleh Nangewei*

The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, has observed that the number seven billionth baby expected this year would be delivered into a world full of complexity and contradiction. This observation is contained in his message on the occasion of the 22nd edition of the World Population Day.

In his statement, Ban Ki-Moon wondered why "we have enough food for everyone, yet nearly a billion go hungry. We have the means to eradicate many diseases, yet they continue to spread. We have the gift of a rich natural environment, yet it remains subjected to daily assault and exploitation. All people of conscience dream of peace, yet too much of the world is in conflict and steeped in armaments."

The UN Scribe called for shared responsibility to care for each other and our planet, advocating that individuals can make a difference by uniting together through social networks and working for change.

Ban Ki-moon further emphasised the fact that, when we act on our shared values, we greatly influence our common future, ending poverty and inequality which unleashes vast human potentials. "This helps in protecting our planet and safeguarding our natural resources that sustains us," he stated. According to Ban Ki-Moon, "this year’s world population day falls during a milestone year, giving the opportunity to celebrate our common humanity and diversity."

He used the occasion to urge people across the world to take determined actions to create a better future for the world’s seven billion inhabitants and for the generation to come. The day was commemorated in Cameroon on July 11, in Akonolinga, Centre Region, under the theme: "20 Million Counting on Each Other." It was chaired by the Minister of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development, Louis Paul Motazé.

On efforts by the Government of Cameroon to reduce the poverty gap, information leaflets that were distributed on the occasion, revealed that out of 100 inhabitants, 40 live in abject poverty with an ever widening gap between the rich and the poor.

*(Siantou Students on Internship)

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