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World of 7B a challenge and opportunity: UN

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Last Updated: July 10, 2012

The ever-growing global community poses significant development issues, said the United Nations on World Population Day.

"A world of seven billion is both a challenge and an opportunity with implications on sustainability, urbanization, access to health services and youth empowerment," the UN said in a statement. Urbanization and access to health care continue to be areas of concern, particularly among women of childbearing age. An estimated 800 women die every day while giving birth, according to the UN.

Here is a look at the swelling population by continent, life expectancy and growth rates.

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