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UN to hold special session in 2014 on population

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February 21, 2013 01:30 PM EST | AP

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UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. General Assembly has decided to hold a special session next year to assess implementation of a plan world leaders adopted nearly two decades ago to slow the global population explosion.

The 193-member General Assembly adopted a resolution by consensus on Thursday summoning heads of state to the Sept. 22, 2014 meeting. It will take place on the 20th anniversary of the U.N. population conference in Cairo when some 180 nations adopted a plan that focused on birth control, economic development and giving women more power over their lives.

The U.N.'s top population official said last month the world will add a billion people to its current population of some 7 billion within a decade, further straining the planet's resources.