Martin Luther King was murdered 50 years ago

Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King was murdered in Memphis. He fought for human rights, including the civil rights of African Americans, but also for the rights of the poor and against the militarization of American society. The Martin Luther King Day is a holiday in the United States, and marks the anniversary of…

One billion people in the Americas

The American continent, which extends from Canada‘s Great North to the southernmost tip of Chile, now has more than one billion inhabitants. The Americas are a multiple continent, divided into several distinct parts, particularly between the highly developed and industrialized North, and the less developed but soon to be-developed South, as well as subregions such…

International Francophonie Day 2018

The International Francophonie Day is a worldwide celebration of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) taking place on March 20th of each year. The Organisation internationale de la Francophonie brings together 84 member and associate countries and territories. There are approximately 520 million French speakers worldwide, including more than 300 million whose mother tongue…

With rising number of girls at risk, world in ‘race against time’ to end female genital mutilation

Female genital mutilation is a violent act that, among other things, causes infection, disease, childbirth complications and death, said the Executive Directors of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in a joint statement for the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Describing FGM as “a cruel…

48 million children through wars, natural disasters and emergencies

Children are the most vulnerable when conflict or disaster causes the collapse of essential services such as healthcare and unless the international community takes urgent action to protect and provide life-saving assistance to them, “they face an increasingly bleak future,” the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned Tuesday, launching a $3.6 billion emergency appeal. According to…

France: 67.2 million inhabitants

France is seeing its population continue to grow, and now exceeds 67 million inhabitants on 1 January 2018. The country has a total population of 67,186,638 inhabitants, that is to say by counting the overseas departments and regions of France (Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Mayotte, Martinique, Reunion), but excluding territories (New Caledonia, French Polynesia, St. Barthelemy,…

1.32 billion tourists worldwide in 2017

According to the annual Barometer of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), international tourist arrivals jumped 7% in 2017, reaching 1.322 billion. This momentum is expected to continue in 2018 at a rate of between 4% and 5%. The 2017 growth rate was significantly higher than the annual average since 2010, which is 4%. This is…

78 million more people in 2017

Despite the global aging and the relative slowdown in population growth, humanity has added 78,521,283 people in 2017. This represents a growth of + 1.07% over one year. Africa and Asia are the fastest growing regions, while Europe is aging and some countries are moving backward. An ever greater challenge for the world, with on…