The world's seven billionth baby was born just before midnight Monday in the Philippines, at the Jose Fabella Hospital in Manila.
Danica May Camacho, weighing in at 5.5 pounds, is the second child of mother Camille Dalura, who was quoted as saying that her baby was lovely and she couldn't believe her child was the seven billionth person in the world.
The designation is arbitrary, as no one knows exactly which newborn child is the seven billionth, but the threshold was expected to be crossed Monday.
The mother and her daughter were met by top United Nations officials and presented with a cake. Local benefactors gave the child a scholarship and provided livelihood packages for the parents.
On the ocassion, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called unity of purpose across the world, to address problems of climate change, economic crisis and inequality.
China continues to have the biggest share of the world's population at 1.35 billion, followed by India at 1.24 billion.
The U.N. Population Fund's Executive Director, Babatunde Osotimehin, emphasized that actions taken now will decide whether the seven billionth baby's future will be healthy, sustainable and prosperous or marked by inequalities, environmental decline and economic setbacks.
Check out the photographs of the seven billionth human being on the planet.