World Population Day is an annual event which is observed on July 11, every year, to raise awareness of global population issues. This event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989.
The day inspired by the public interest in Five Billion Day in July 1987, the exact date on which the world’s population reached Five Billion people. And the day was suggested by Dr K.C. Zachariah, who was the Sr. Demographer at the World Bank at that time.
World Population Day aims to draw and increase people’s attention towards various population issues such as the importance of population control, family planning, gender equality, poverty, maternal health, and human rights.
If we take a look at the growth in population, then it increases annually by 100 million on average in every 14 months. As per the statistics, the world’s population in the year 2019 had reached 7,700,000,000 (more than 7 Billion).
On World Population Day, advocates from all over the globe, call out the leaders, policymakers, grassroots organizers, institutions, and others to make reproductive health and rights a reality for all. “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the world’s blueprint for a better future for all on a healthy planet. On World Population Day, we recognize that this mission is closely interrelated with demographic trends including population control, ageing, migration, and urbanization.” – UN Secretary-General António Guterres