World Population Day

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2024 Date11 July 2024
2025 Date11 July 2025

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World Population Day History

World Population Day is an important global event aimed at raising awareness about population issues and their impact on sustainable development. It was established by the United Nations in 1989, in response to the world's growing population, and the challenges posed by limited resources, economic development, and environmental protection. The goal of this day is to promote population policies and programs that prioritize the well-being of people and the planet.

In Australia, World Population Day is celebrated with a range of activities and events organized by international organizations, government agencies, and NGOs. These events aim to draw public attention to population issues such as access to health care, family planning, education, and gender equality. They also highlight the importance of sustainable development, biodiversity conservation, and climate change adaptation.

The Australian government actively participates in World Population Day activities and initiatives, through its foreign aid programs, advocacy campaigns, and partnerships with international organizations. One of the key priorities of the government's population policy is to address the challenges of an ageing population and to support sustainable population growth through targeted migration policies. World Population Day is observed annually on July 11th.

World Population Day facts

  • The theme for World Population Day in 2023 was 8 Billion Lives, Infinite Possibilities: The case for rights and choices.
    The theme in for World Population Day in 2022 was A world of 8 billion: Towards a resilient future for all - harnessing opportunities and ensuring rights and choices for all.
  • The annual growth rate of the world's population peaked at 2.1% in 1962 and since been decreasing. It is estimated that by the year 2100, the population will slow to 0.06% annual growth.
  • Australians have a high life expectancy, with an average of 83.5 years as of 2021. Australian males have a life expectancy of around 81.2 years, while females have a higher life expectancy of around 85.9 years.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the indigenous peoples of Australia. They represent about 3.3% of the country's total population and have inhabited the continent for more than 60,000 years.

Top things to do in Australia for World Population Day

  • Reduce your carbon footprint to slow global warming and pollution. Walk instead of driving, use energy saving light bulbs, carpool with others, turn down the AC/heat when you are not home, and reuse and recycle paper, bottles, and plastics.
  • Spread the word about birth control methods. Over half of the pregnancies every year in the US are unplanned and could have been prevented by birth control methods such as pills, rings, IUDs and condoms.
  • Watch The First Australians (2008), a seven-part documentary series that explores the history and culture of Australia's indigenous peoples, from the arrival of the first humans over 50,000 years ago to the present day.
  • Read a book to learn more about the population of Australia. Here are some suggestions:
    1. Australian Population: Facts, Fallacies, and Policies by N. H. Gorton
    2. Demographic Change in Australia's Rural Landscapes by Graeme Hugo
    3. Population Mobility in Australia: New Approaches to Spatial Interaction by William Steele

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