World Population Day

11th July, World Population Day

July 11 World Population Day

July 11 World Population Day

World Population Day is an annual event, observed on July 11 every year, which seeks to increase people’s awareness on various population issues such as the importance of family planning, including gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights.

World population density map

World population density map

World Population Day was instituted in 1989 as an outgrowth of the Day of Five Billion, marked on July 11, 1987. The UN authorized the event as a vehicle to build an awareness of population issues and the impact they have on development and the environment.(Image source of density map)

The theme for 2015 is “Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies”.

Themes of Past World Population Day

2014 Theme: Investing in Young People.

2013 – Focus is on Adolescent Pregnancy
2012 – Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services
2011 – 7 Billion Actions
2010 – Be Counted: Say What You Need
2009 – Fight Poverty: Educate Girls
2008 – Plan Your Family, Plan Your Future
2007 – Men at Work
2006 – Being Young is Tough
2005 – Equality Empowers
2004 – ICPD at 10
2003 – 1,000,000,000 adolescents


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