The United Nations Population Fund ( UNFPA) released here on Thursday a report on the world population in 2011 themed, "Human beings and opportunities in the world of seven billion people".
Addressing at the press briefing, UNFPA Representative in Vietnam Bruce Campbell said the world's population will reach seven billion on October 31. Witnessing this event, people can join hands to change this opportunity into actions so as to make a better life for everybody.
"The number is a challenge to us. While we have achieved solid foundations for human development, there are still differences and big gap between the rich and the poor. Never before have so many people got hurt by such issues as the loss of food security, lack of water, and occurrence of natural calamities," said Campbell.
According to the report, the population record is considered a success, because it means that people throughout the world can live longer. However, it is a challenge to all. With the current growth, the world will have more 78 million people each year, leading to increasing demands on natural resources and big pressure on the planet.
Responsibility should be taken for the development of the 1.8 billion youth and juvenile at the age of 10-24 years old who account for more than one-fourth of the world's population, among them 90 percent are living in developing countries, said the report.
Data from the 2009 census showed that Vietnam has entered the "golden" population age with young people accounting for one-third of the country's population.
According to UNFPA's 2010 report, Vietnam's population was 89 million by the end of 2010 and would be around 111.7 million by 2050. The country is ranked 14th among the world's most populated countries.