World Population Day is celebrated globally to raise awareness about the significance of population issues such as the importance of family planning, gender equality, women’s reproductive health, and the impact of population growth on economic and social development. World Population Day serves as a critical reminder of the importance of population issues and their impact on sustainable development. It is an opportunity for countries, communities, individuals, and organizations to collaborate and find solutions to the challenges posed by population growth.
The history of World Population Day can be traced back to 1989 when the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) declared July 11th as a day to raise awareness about population issues. The date was chosen as it marked the moment when the global population hit five billion. Since then, the day has been celebrated annually with a different theme each year, ranging from reproductive health to adolescent pregnancy, maternal and child health, and gender equality.
In South Africa, the day is celebrated with various events and activities, mostly organized by the government, international organizations, and civil society groups. The focus is often on promoting health education, increasing access to modern contraception, reducing maternal and infant mortality, and empowering women and girls. World Population Day is observed annually on July 11th.
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References and related siteswww.unfpa.org: UN Population Fund www.census.gov: Population Clock ourworldindata.org: World Life Expectancy United Nations: Population Day 2022