July 11: World Population Day

World Population Day is celebrated on July 11 annually, across the world. The day seeks to raise awareness on global population issues.

Theme of World Population Day 2022

The World Population Day 2022 was celebrated under the theme “A world of 8 billion: Towards a resilient future for all – Harnessing opportunities and ensuring rights and choices for all”.

Aim of the World Population Day

The World Population Day aims to raise awareness on the issue of population as well as to address those issues urgently.

History of the day

United Nations development Programme started observing the “World Population Day” in 1989. This decision was taken after the global population reached 5 billion-mark on July 11, 1987. It is being celebrated for more than three decades. Now this day seeks to spread awareness on population control measures. United Nations General Assembly has recognized this day in December 1990, under its resolution 45/26. This resolution aims to raise awareness about increasing population along with population issues like fundamental rights, equality, development, poverty, and environment.

What is the need of population control?

As per United Nations Population Fund, global population is increasing at a rapid pace. It is set to touch 8 billion-mark in 2022, as compared to seven billion in 2011. Population is increasing by 1.10 percent per year. It accounts for addition of 83 million people annually. Population is likely to reach 8.6 billion in 2030 and 11.2 billion in 2100.

Significance of the Day

World Population Day seeks is significant, because it deals with the problems of overpopulation as well as raise awareness on impacts of overpopulation on the development and environment. It also deals with health problems faced by childbearing women and highlights the significance of family planning, poverty, gender equality, human rights and maternal health.

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