World Population Day

World Population Day

World Population Day is an annual event, observed on July 11 every year, a day to focus on attention on the urgency and awareness of global population issues. The event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989. It was inspired by the public interest when the global population becomes 5 Billion on July 11, 1987 - approximately the date on which the world’s population reached five billion people.

World Population Day History

World population day is an international level awareness campaign being celebrated all over the world to call people on stage to know the reason of this exploding population year by year as well as solve the big mistake of whole human fraternity. This great awareness event is to bring a population revolution globally as well as breaking sleep of all the deeply slept people to pay their attention and help in combating population issue.

The message “Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services” was distributed worldwide by the theme of 2012th World Population Day celebration when the worldwide population was approximately 7,025,071,966. The big step was taken by the authority for more small and healthy society as well as sustainable future of the people. A crucial investment is made to fulfill the reproductive health care demands and supply. The step was taken for increasing the reproductive health as well as reducing the social poverty by reducing the population.

Why World Population Day is celebrated

The aim of the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme is paying great attention towards the reproductive health problems of the community people as it is the leading cause of the ill health as well as the death of the pregnant women worldwide. It has been distinguished that around 800 women are dying daily in the procedure of giving birth to a baby. The campaign year increases the knowledge and skills of the people worldwide towards their reproductive health and family planning.

Around 1.8 billion youngsters are entering to their reproductive years and it’s very necessary to call their attention towards the primary part of the reproductive health. According to the statistics, it is noted that the world population on 1st of January 2014 has been reached to 7,137,661,030. The annual celebration of world population day is planned with lots of activities and events to make aware people about the reality.

Through this great awareness celebration, people are encouraged to take part in the event to know about population issues like importance of family planning towards the increasing population, gender equality, maternal and baby health, poverty, human rights, right to health, sexuality education, use of contraceptives and safety measures like condoms, reproductive health, adolescent pregnancy, girl child education, child marriage, sexually transmitted infections and so many.

Sexuality related issues are very necessary to get solved among youths especially between 15 to 19 years of age as according to the statistics it is noted that around 15 million women of this age give birth every year as well as around 4 million go through for abortion. 

Some of the objectives of celebrating the world population day are:

·         To protect and empower youths of both gender like girls and boys.

·         To offer them detail knowledge about the sexuality and delay marriages till they become able to understand their responsibilities.

·         Educate youths to avoid unwanted pregnancies by using reasonable and youth friendly measures.

·         Educate people to remove the gender stereotypes from society.

·         Educate them about the pregnancy related illnesses to raise the public awareness about dangers of early childbirth.

·         Educate them about STD (sexually transmitted diseases) to get prevented from various infections.

·         Demand for some effective laws and policies implementation in order to protect girl child rights.

·         Make sure about the access of equal primary education to both girls and boys.

·         Make sure the easy access of reproductive health services everywhere as part the basic primary health for each couple.

How World Population Day is celebrated

World population day is celebrated on international level by organizing variety of activities and events to draw attention of mass people to work together on the issues of growing population. Some of the activities include seminar discussions, educational competitions, educational information sessions, essay writing competition, public contests on various topics, poster distribution, songs, sports activity, speeches, poems, artwork, slogans, themes and messages distribution, workshops, lectures, debates, round table discussions, news distribution through press conferences, TV channels and news channels, relay of population related programmes on radio and television and so many. Various health organizations and population divisions works together to solve population issues by organizing conferences, research works, meetings, project analysis and etc.

World Population Day Themes

·         The theme of 2015 is not released yet.

·         The theme of 2014 was “A time to reflect on population trends and related issues” and “Investing in Young People”.

·         The theme of 2013 was “Focus is on Adolescent Pregnancy”.

·         The theme of 2012 was “Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services”.

·         The theme of 2011 was “7 Billion Actions”.

·         The theme of 2010 was “Be Counted: Say What You Need”.

·         The theme of 2009 was “Fight Poverty: Educate Girls”.

·         The theme of 2008 was “Plan Your Family, Plan Your Future”.

·         The theme of 2007 was “Men at Work”.

·         The theme of 2006 was “Being Young is Tough”.

·         The theme of 2005 was “Equality Empowers”.

·         The theme of 2004 was “ICPD at 10”.

·         The theme of 2003 was “1,000,000,000 adolescents”.

·         The theme of 2002 was “Poverty, Population and Development”.

·         The theme of 2001 was “Population, Environment and Development”.

·         The theme of 2000 was “Saving Women’s Lives”.

·         The theme of 1999 was “Start the Count-up to the Day of Six Billion”.

·         The theme of 1998 was “Approaching the Six Billion”.

·         The theme of 1997 was “Adolescent Reproductive Health Care”.

·         The theme of 1996 was “Reproductive Health and AIDS”.


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