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Lottery of birth
Lottery of birth

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1 The world’s 7 billionth baby

On the occasion of the birth of the world’s 7 billionth baby in 2011, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encouraged the world to recognise the moral and pragmatic obligation to do the right thing for that baby.

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Figure 2 The world’s population grew to 7 billion in 2011.

Mr Ban highlighted that the world today is one of ‘terrible contradictions’ where there is plenty of food but 1 billion people go hungry; there are lavish lifestyles for a few, but poverty for too many others; huge advances in medicine while mothers die every day in childbirth; and billions spent on weapons to kill people instead of keeping them safe.

Activity 1

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  • What does ‘lottery of birth’ mean to you?
  • In what ways have you benefitted from the birth lottery?

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