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World population to hit 7 billion this year
THOUSANDS of learners from schools around the Oshana Region marched to the Oshakati Independence Stadium on Monday where World Population Day was observed.
The day commenced with a march between the main roads leading from the UNAM campus at Oshakati to the Oshakati Stadium. Themed “Count Me in Namibia 2011”, this year’s observance is particularly signifi cant as on 31 October the world is expected to reach a population of 7 billion.
This year’s commemoration is even more signifi cant for Namibia as it coincides with the country’s third census survey. Offi ciated by National Planning Commission Director General Tom Alweendo the celebration was also attended by officials from the United Nations Population Fund for Refugees as well the Oshana Governor and other high-ranking officials from the region.
Alweendo noted that the earth was faced with daunting challenges with the expected increase in the world population, adding that if we as human beings are to continue living on this planet, it was time to realise that some of our activities are harmful to the existence of the planet earth. “Looking around us today, we should be concerned about our ability to take care of our planet.
There are many calamities that are the result of human behaviour. We have a huge number of people who are living in abject poverty, yet we have people who are consuming more than they need, we have people who are going hungry and yet we have people who are throwing food away in order to protect their markets. We have people inflicted with many diseases that can easily be eradicated but because of the profit motive we are unable to provide medicines to those who need it most,” charged Alweendo.
UNFPA Representative Dr Lawrence Mgbangson noted that while poverty and inequality are increasing the stress on resources and represent major challenges, the world is more interconnected than ever before, thus creating enormous possibilities. He noted however that Namibia is faced with very high income inequality.
“Reducing inequalities and improving living standards for people alive today as well as for generations to follow will require new ways of thinking and unparalleled global cooperation and the moment to act is now,” he said.