World population day is an international level awareness campaign being celebrated all over the world to call people on stage to know the reason for this exploding population year by year as well as solve the big mistake of the whole human fraternity. This great awareness event is to bring a population revolution globally as well as breaking the sleep of all the deeply slept people to pay their full attention and help in combating this population issue.
World Population Day 2019
World Population Day 2019 is being celebrated all over the world by the people on the 11th of July, Thursday.
There is no official theme for this year’s celebration, and the observance largely calls upon the governments, organizations, and members of the public to realize that population plays a vital role in the development of a nation, that is, a low population means sufficient resources for everyone and better socio-economic conditions of a nation.
The events of World Population Day are observed throughout the globe; though, the activities differ from place to place. The main events are organized in the country offices of UNFPA (United Nations Fund for Population Activities).
This year too events like essay competition, sports competitions, poster and banner designing, are organized to raise awareness about population growth and its degrading effects.
Several rallies are organized by civil societies and governments in Indian cities, particularly to raise awareness about population growth. Groups have also planned to pledge events where they pledge to have only one child or children not more than two.
The events on World Population Day 2019 can be followed on twitter on #worldpopulationday.
World Population Day History
World Population Day is a great event being celebrated all through the world annually on the 11th of July. It is celebrated to increase the awareness of the people towards the worldwide population issues. It was first started in the year 1989 by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It was exalted by the interest of the public when the global population became near about five billion on the 11th of July in the year 1987.
The following message “Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services” was distributed worldwide by the theme of the 2012th World Population Day celebration when the worldwide population was approximately 7,025,071,966. The big step was taken by the authority for a more small and healthy society as well as the sustainable future of the people. A crucial investment is made to fulfill the reproductive health care demands and supply. The step was taken for increasing reproductive health as well as reducing social poverty by reducing the population.
It was a huge challenge for development when the population on the earth has reached around 7 billion in the year 2011. According to the decisions of the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in the year 1989, it was recommended that 11th of July every year should be noticed by the community globally and celebrated as the World Population Day in order to raise the awareness among common public and find out the real solutions to combat with the population issues. It was started to focus on the required attention of people towards the importance of population issues.
Why World Population Day is celebrated
The aim of the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme is paying great attention to the reproductive health problems of the community people as it is the leading cause of ill health as well as the death of pregnant women worldwide. It has been distinguished that around 800 women are dying daily in the procedure of giving birth to a baby. The campaign of the World Population Day every year increases the knowledge and skills of the people worldwide towards their reproductive health and family planning.
Around 1.8 billion youngsters are entering their reproductive years and it’s very necessary to call their attention towards the primary part of reproductive health. According to the statistics, it is noted that the world population on the 1st of January 2014 has been reached 7,137,661,030. The annual celebration of world population day is planned with lots of activities and events to make aware people of reality.
Through this great awareness celebration, people are encouraged to take part in the event to know about population issues like importance of family planning towards the increasing population, gender equality, maternal and baby health, poverty, human rights, right to health, sexuality education, use of contraceptives and safety measures like condoms, reproductive health, adolescent pregnancy, girl child education, child marriage, sexually transmitted infections and so many.
Sexuality related issues are very necessary to get solved among youths especially between 15 to 19 years of age as according to the statistics it is noted that around 15 million women of this age give birth every year, as well as around 4 million, go through for abortion. Some of the objectives of celebrating the world population day are mentioned below:
> It is celebrated to protect and empower youths of both genders like girls and boys.
> To offer them detail knowledge about 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 pregnancy-related illnesses to raise public awareness about the dangers of early childbirth.
> Educate them about STD (sexually transmitted diseases) to get prevented from various infections.
> Demand for some effective laws and policies implementation in order to protect girl child rights.
> Make sure about the access to equal primary education to both girls and boys.
> Make sure the easy access to reproductive health services everywhere as part of the basic primary health for each couple.
How World Population Day is celebrated
World population day is celebrated on an international level by organizing a variety of activities and events to draw the attention of mass people to work together on the issues of a growing population.
Some of the activities include seminar discussions, educational competitions, educational information sessions, essay writing competition, public contests on various topics, poster distribution, songs, sports activity, speeches, poems, artwork, slogans, themes and messages distribution, workshops, lectures, debates, round table discussions, news distribution through press conferences, TV channels and news channels, relay of population-related programs on radio and television and so many. Various health organizations and population divisions work together to solve population issues by organizing conferences, research works, meetings, project analysis and etc.
World Population Day Themes
> The theme of 2019 is yet to declare.
> The theme of 2018 was “Family Planning is a Human Right”.
> The theme of 2017 was “Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations”.
> The theme of 2016 was “Investing in teenage girls”.
> The theme of 2015 was “Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies”.
> The theme of 2014 was “A time to reflect on population trends and related issues” and “Investing in Young People”.
> The theme of 2013 was “Focus is on Adolescent Pregnancy”.
> The theme of 2012 was “Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services”.
> The theme of 2011 was “7 Billion Actions”.
> The theme of 2010 was “Be Counted: Say What You Need”.
> The theme of 2009 was “Fight Poverty: Educate Girls”.
> The theme of 2008 was “Plan Your Family, Plan Your Future”.
> The theme of 2007 was “Men at Work”.
> The theme of 2006 was “Being Young is Tough”.
> The theme of 2005 was “Equality Empowers”.
> The theme of 2004 was “ICPD at 10”.
> The theme of 2003 was “1,000,000,000 adolescents”.
> The theme of 2002 was “Poverty, Population and Development”.
> The theme of 2001 was “Population, Environment and Development”.
> The theme of 2000 was “Saving Women’s Lives”.
> The theme of 1999 was “Start the Count-up to the Day of Six Billion”.
> The theme of 1998 was “Approaching the Six Billion”.
> The theme of 1997 was “Adolescent Reproductive Health Care”.
> The theme of 1996 was “Reproductive Health and AIDS”.
World Population Day Quotes
“In order to stabilize world population, we must eliminate 350,000 per day”. – Jacques Yves Cousteau
“Close to a billion people – one-eighth of the world’s population – still live in hunger. Each year 2 million children die through malnutrition. This is happening at a time when doctors in Britain are warning of the spread of obesity. We are eating too much while others starve”. – Jonathan Sacks
“You cannot control your own population by force, but it can be distracted by consumption”. – Noam Chomsky
“The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man”. – Thomas Malthus
“A finite world can support only a finite population; therefore, population growth must eventually equal zero”. – Garrett Hardin
“Every state has the primary duty to protect its own population from grave and sustained violations of human rights, as well as from the consequences of humanitarian crises, whether natural or man-made”. – Pope Benedict XVI
“Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio”. – Thomas Malthus
“Population, when unchecked, goes on doubling itself every 25 years or increases in a geometrical ratio”. – Thomas Malthus
“Almost half of the population of the world lives in rural regions and mostly in a state of poverty. Such inequalities in human development have been one of the primary reasons for unrest and, in some parts of the world, even violence”. – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
“The point of population stabilization is to reduce or minimize misery”. – Roger Bengston
“If we don’t halt population growth with justice and compassion, it will be done for us by nature, brutally and without pity- and will leave a ravaged world”. – Nobel Laureate Dr. Henry W. Kendall
“When the family is small, whatever little they have they are able to share. There is peace”. – Philip Njuguna
“Once it was necessary that the people should multiply and be fruitful if the race was to survive. But now to preserve the race it is necessary that people hold back the power of propagation”. – Helen Keller
“As a woman leader, I thought I brought a different kind of leadership. I was interested in women’s issues, in bringing down the population growth rate… as a woman, I entered politics with an additional dimension – that of a mother”. – Benazir Bhutto
“Rapid population growth and technological innovation, combined with our lack of understanding about how the natural systems of which we are a part work, have created a mess”. – David Suzuki
“But as population became denser, the natural chemical and biological recycling processes became overloaded, calling for a redefinition of property rights”. – Garrett Hardin
“Yet food is something that is taken for granted by most world leaders despite the fact that more than half of the population of the world is hungry”. – Norman Borlaug
“Population growth is straining the Earth’s resources to the breaking point, and educating girls is the single most important factor in stabilizing that. That, plus helping women gain political and economic power and safeguarding their reproductive rights”. – Al Gore
“The combination of population growth and the growth in consumption is a danger that we are not prepared for and something we will need global co-operation on”. – Maurice Strong