The world's population reaches 7 billion Monday, according to the United Nations.
Unsure of the exact time or place the seven billionth baby was born, the U.N. is choosing newborns in countries around the world to symbolically represent the number 7 billion.
The first new arrival to be chosen was Danica May Camacho, a baby girl born in the Philippines Monday morning.
"She looks so lovely," the mother, Camille Galura, whispered as she cradled the 2.5-kilo (5.5-pound) baby, who was born about a month premature.
India has the fastest growing population, with 51 babies born every minute.
In the U.S., Bismarck, N.D., is leading the way in births.
Experts say the global population is growing faster than ever.
It took 12 years for the populace to expand from 6 to 7 billion. It will take a little more than 10 years to reach 8 billion.
Some say the booming global population could put a strain on the world's food and energy resources.
But Steven Moserh of the Population Research Institute disagrees with such doom and gloom predictions, noting that people are not just consumers, but producers.
"Every stomach comes with two hands attached and every mouth is backed by a creative intelligence equipped to leave the world a better place," Moserh said.