World Population Day 2019 is observed on July 11. The day is meant to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. World Population Day was established by the United Nations Development Programme in 1989.
While you may not have heard much about population day, it has been celebrated for nearly three decades now. The day is meant to increase awareness about the need to find solutions issues related to growing population. Inspiration for this day is drawn from the interest that was raised by “Five Billion Day” on July 11, 1987. This was the day when the world’s population reached 5 billion.
Now that we know about its history, let’s talk about its aim and significance.
Special assembly on world population day was conducted by Grade 4 students.
World Population Day aims to increase people’s awareness about various population issues such as the importance of family planning, gender equality, poverty, maternal health, and human rights. pic.twitter.com/pVz9HLGf5m
— Edify School Balapur (@EdifyBalapur) July 10, 2019
The main aim behind having a World Population Day is to focus attention on the consequence of population issues and how it affects overall development plans and programs.
The greatest threat that growing population causes is quick depletion of natural resources and the threat that it poses to sustainability. However, apart from this threat, World Population Day should also be looked at as an opportunity to celebrate the spirit of brotherhood.
No Excuses Protecting A Woman's Life Is A Priority in any circumstances and at all times – Let's tie the hands to protect our woman's dignity on this World Population Day. pic.twitter.com/GBZDccOb0c
— Om Parkash Pragani (@parkashrp) July 10, 2019
World Population Day is celebrated differently in different countries. Most of United Nations Fund For Population Activities (UNFPA) County Offices celebrate the day with poster and essay contests and sports concerts to actualise awareness to the cause. In 2011, world population crossed 7 billion mark.
Another perspective on global growth:
in the year 2000 23% of the world population lived on more than int-$10 per day.
15 years later it is 35%.
That’s an increase by more than 1 billion people.
— Max Roser (@MaxCRoser) July 4, 2019
On the occasion, the UNFPA and its partners launched 7 billion actions aimed at involving people, spurring commitments and sparking actions related to the opportunities and challenges presented by a world of 7 billion people.