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Korea and a World Population of 7 Billion | by United Nations Photo
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Korea and a World Population of 7 Billion

A throng of shoppers in Myungdong, downtown Seoul.

At the end of October 2011, the world population will pass the 7 billion mark. This year’s annual report by UNFPA, the UN population fund, highlights the remarkable trends behind the numbers: roughly one in two people now lives in an urban area, the global average life span is 68 years, and close to a billion people are 60 and over. The report sees the possibilities in 7 billion – for fostering sustainable cities, productive labour forces, and generations young and old that contribute to the well-being of economies and societies.

Photo ID 490559. 17/07/2011. Seoul, Republic of Korea. UN Photo/Kibae Park.

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Taken on July 17, 2011