By Holly Lebowitz Rossi
October 31, 2011

Around the world, babies born Monday are being noted as symbolically bringing the world human population up to 7 billion people.  The United Nations is marking the event with celebrations and festivities around the world, as part of the U.N.'s 7 Billion Actions initiative.

The program is meant to encourage action and communication around issues of population growth, international understanding, and environmental sustainability.  "A world of seven billion has implications for sustainability, urbanization, access to health services and youth empowerment – however, it also offers a rare call-to-action opportunity to renew global commitment for a healthy and sustainable world," the U.N. website says.

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