UN: World population grows, young girls struggle
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AMMAN, Jordan — The world's population grew slightly to 7.4 billion in 2016, the U.N. said Thursday, with a substantial youth bulge challenging political and social systems across the planet.
The United Nations Population Fund released its 2016 State of the World Population report Thursday in Amman, Jordan. Daniel Baker, regional humanitarian
"Failing to invest in girls is nothing less than planned poverty. Unless we invest in girls, we're planning to have a poorer future," Baker said.
The report said the world's population grew 1.1
The report focuses on the well-being of 10-year-old girls as indicators of development success or failure. It says 89
The report estimated that developing countries could generate or lose at least $21 billion depending on their investments in the health and education of their 10-year-old girls today.
UNFP goodwill ambassador, Princess Basma Bint Talal, said the fate of the world's young girls rests in international commitment to equality.
"Let us remember that we are all responsible. Let us remember that our every word and deed, positive or negative, can affect the road she travels from this crossroads in her life. This is what will shape her role in society, which is to say our society, and our world," she said.