World Population Day: Origin, Need & Awareness

World Population Day is an annual event, observed on July 11 every year, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues.
World Population Day: Origin, Need & Awareness

World Population Day is an annual event, observed on July 11 every year, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. It was established by the then-Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989. In 2011, the world reached a population of 7 billion. This year, the number will hit 8 billion, prompting the attendant responses. World Population Day aims to increase people's awareness on various population issues such as the importance of family planning, gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights. The day was originally marked on July 11, 1990, in more than 90 countries.

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World Population Day: Origin, Need & Awareness

OBJECTIVES OF WORLD POPULATION DAY:

  • It is celebrated 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.

  • 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.

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World Population Day: Origin, Need & Awareness

We can achieve a sustainable global population when communities, governments and organisations take action to enable people to choose smaller families through women’s empowerment and easy access to high quality education and family planning. By doing so, we can ensure that, in the future, everyone can have a decent standard of living on a healthy planet. Education is one of the most important tools for addressing overpopulation and its related challenges. 

By educating people about family planning, contraception, population growth trends, and other relevant topics, we can empower individuals to make informed decisions about their reproductive health.

Some actions on the national level being taken or suggested are:

  • Generously fund family planning programs.

  • Make modern contraception legal, free and available everywhere, even in remote areas.

  • Improve health care to reduce infant and child mortality.

  • Restrict child marriage and effective implementation of the same.

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