World Population Day
World Population Day is celebrated on July 11 of every year. The World Population Day is entirely about raising awareness about the global population issues like the importance of family planning, including poverty, gender equality, maternal health, and human rights. Growing population is a major concern as the world getting crowded will have higher repercussion on natural resources which sustains all the living organisms. The unrestrained growth in population has already started to exhibit the devastating effects on the world natural resources which are receding at a fast depletion rate. So World Population Day is a perfect day to raise awareness among the peoples about the issues of Global population.
“Environmentalists have been outspoken in their support of smaller family size and abortion rights as keys to reducing global warming. But when it comes to immigration, the single biggest contributor to population growth in the industrial world, they stand largely silent.” – Gary Bauer
History of World Population Day
In 1968, the leaders around the world proclaimed that peoples had basic human rights to decide responsibly and openly the number and timing of their child. After 40 years, the modern contraception remains out of reach for millions of women, men, and young peoples. World Population Day was established in 1989 as an outgrowth of the Day of Five Billion which marked on July 11 of 1987. The UN authorised World Population Day event as a vehicle to build the awareness on the issues of population and the impact that they have on development and the environment. From then, the UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund’s) encouragement, governments, non-governmental organisations, individual agencies, and institutions organise various educational activities to celebrate the World Population Day.
Themes of World Population Day
The current and past themes of World Population Day are listed below
- 2003 – 1,000,000,000 adolescents.
- 2004 – ICPD at 10.
- 2005 – Equality Empowers.
- 2006 – Being Young is Tough.
- 2007 – Men at Work.
- 2008 – Plan Your Family, Plan Your Future.
- 2009 – Fight Poverty: Educate Girls.
- 2010 – Be Counted: Say What You Need.
- 2011 – 7 Billion Actions.
- 2012 – Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services.
- 2013 – Focus is on Adolescent Pregnancy.
- 2014 – Investing in Young People.
- 2015 – Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies.
- 2016 – Investing in teenage girls.
- 2017 – Family Planning- Empowering People, Developing Nations.
- 2018 – Family Planning is a Human Right
Other Celebrations on July 11
July 11 is also celebrated as
How to Celebrate World Population Day
World Population Day will be celebrated worldwide by the business groups, community organizations, and individuals in several ways. The activities may include educational information sessions, seminar discussions, and essay competitions. You can increase awareness among the peoples of the issues of growing population and their devastating effects on the world natural resources. You can use the hashtag #WorldPopulationDay to raise awareness on social media.