The worldâ€™s seven billionth person will be born Monday into what U.N. leader Ban Ki-moon calls a â€œworld of contradictionâ€â€”and facing an uphill battle if it is on the wrong side of the poverty line.
While many countries around the world will be choosing their own symbolic baby, holding rallies and other events to mark the latest stage of the global population explosion, Ban will not be seen cuddling a newborn.
In Zambia there will be a seven billion song contest, while Vietnam will stage a â€œ7B: Counting On Each Otherâ€ concert. Russian authorities are to give gifts to selected babies while in Ivory Coast national comedians are staging their own show.
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