What is World Population Day?

World Population Day, which seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues.

History of World Population Day

It was established by the then-Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989, an outgrowth of the interest generated by the Day of Five Billion, which was observed on 11 July 1987.

By resolution 45/216 of December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly decided to continue observing World Population Day to enhance awareness of population issues, including their relations to the environment and development.

The Day was first marked on 11 July 1990 in more than 90 countries. Since then, a number of UNFPA country offices and other organizations and institutions commemorate World Population Day, in partnership with governments and civil society.

When is World Population Day observed?

It is observed on 11th of July every year.

What is the theme of World Population Day 2022?

The theme of World Population Day 2022 is "A world of 8 billion: Towards a resilient future for all - Harnessing opportunities and ensuring rights and choices for all".

How can we celebrate World Population Day?

Though it is expected that the population number will decline tremendously in future but still by 2050, we will be 20 to 30% more in number as compared to 2020. Human population has faced an upshot in number as compared to the 1950 and before. But now, we have to start investing in human and physical capital for inclusive, productive societies that uphold human and reproductive rights. This is the only way that can tackle the enormous challenges faced by our planet and forge a world where health, dignity and education are rights and realities, not privileges and empty promises. In a world of 8 billion, there must always be space for possibility.  And this is what we must work on from now onwards.

Keywords: Population, World Population, Population Day

About the Author: Maryam Eqan is an Executive In-chief and Founder of The Earth Needs Love. She believes in youth engagement and activism for environment, climate, and sustainable development.