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Understand its significance and celebration

World Population Day, observed annually on July 11, aims to raise awareness of global population issues. This day focuses on educating people about family planning, gender equality and reproductive health. Established by the UN in 1989, it celebrates “Five Billion Day” when the world’s population exceeded five billion.

Message from the UNFPA Executive Director

On July 1, 2024, Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), said, “World Population Day 2024 is a moment to ask who remains uncounted and why – and at what cost to individuals, communities and our global efforts leaving no one behind It’s also a moment for all of us to commit to doing more to ensure that our data systems capture the full range of human diversity so that everyone is seen, can exercise their human rights and can reach their full potential .”

Theme for World Population Day 2024

The theme of World Population Day changes annually, determined by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in coordination with UNFPA. The theme for 2024 is “Leaving no one behind, counting everyone.” According to the United Nations: “Over the past 30 years, we have improved the way we collect and use population data, which has led to better health care and rights. But marginalized communities are still underrepresented. This World Population Day, we focus on ensuring that all groups are counted and are visible, and emphasize the importance of inclusive data systems to promote progress for all. Everyone counts, and our collective progress depends on capturing the full diversity of humanity.”

Historical background

World Population Day has its roots in the 1980s. On July 11, 1987, the world’s population reached approximately five billion, drawing attention to sustainable development, resource management and population dynamics. In 1989, the UNDP Governing Council established the annual observance of this day. The United Nations General Assembly formally adopted Resolution 45/216 in December 1990, leading to the first celebration of World Population Day on 11 July 1990, with participation from over 90 countries.

Meaning

World Population Day aims to raise awareness of global population issues and promote reproductive health services and rights for all individuals. It highlights the importance of family planning, education, gender equality and women’s empowerment. The day also emphasizes sustainable development and global cooperation.

How to celebrate World Population Day 2024

Public awareness campaigns

Governments, NGOs and international organizations conduct campaigns to educate people about family planning, reproductive health and population issues.

Seminars and public lectures

Events at local, national and international levels provide a deep understanding of population-related issues.

Arts and cultural events

Art exhibitions and performances creatively raise awareness of population issues.

Health camps and services

Health camps and outreach programs, especially in underserved communities, offer reproductive health services, family planning counseling, and maternal health care.

Youth involvement

Activities aimed at young people educate them about their rights, responsibilities and choices regarding their bodies.

Inspirational Quotes for World Population Day

• “The power of the population is infinitely greater than the power of the earth to produce sustenance for man.” -Thomas Malthus

• “Family planning can provide more benefits to more people at less cost than any other single technology now available to humanity.” – John Bongaarts

• “There are no passengers on spaceship Earth. We are all crew.” -Marshall McLuhan

• “Reproductive freedom is crucial for a whole range of issues. If we can’t take care of this most personal aspect of our lives, we can’t take care of anything. It should not be seen as a privilege or as a benefit, but a basic human right.” – Faye Wattleton

• “Overpopulation leads to increased poverty and increased ignorance. To fight overpopulation, we must educate all the world’s children, that’s why we promote birth control. With birth control, you can have a healthier family and a healthier planet.” – Anne Lamott

• “By improving health, empowering women, population growth is reduced.” – Bill Gates

• “The entire global economy is based on satisfying two percent of the world’s population’s desires.” – Bill Bryson

• “You cannot control your own population by force, but it can be distracted by consumption.” – Noam Chomsky

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