The Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), briefed the Board on the implications of a world whose population was reaching 7 billion, its challenges and opportunities, in terms of poverty reduction, sustainability and equity. He stressed that 1.8 billion of the world’s population were young people, and the vast majority of them was to be found in the developing world. That presented a particular opportunity for the United Nations system to work with developing countries, particularly the least developed countries, to help those young people become entrepreneurs of the green economy. He offered to lead in that work and to prepare a note on the issues in this regard for the consideration of the Committee at its next session.
CEB agreed on the importance of addressing together the challenges presented by a World of 7 billion, under the leadership of UNFPA.