World Population Day Date
The World Population Day 2017 and every year will be celebrated on July 11 with the theme ‘Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations‘. This year, the theme of World Population Day aims at providing safe, voluntary family planning to the people around the world and in a way, help in curbing the population growth. While the world population, today, stands over 7 Billion. While India stands at number two with nearly 1,129,866,154 in the list of most populous countries, China remains at rank one with a population of nearly 1,321,851,888.
World Population Day History
In 1987 there was an event called “Five Billion Day”, which recognized when the human population boiled over the 5 billion mark. Since then the United Nations Development Programme has been working to anticipate, support, and offset the needs of a rapidly growing population. The population had been deemed to be growing out of control, and an awareness was being spread about the need for family planning, ways to offset poverty, and the ability to ensure that proper maternal health was observed.
The existing strain of supporting our present population is already causing grievous crimes in the areas of human rights and gender equality. As more people come into an a world that’s already doing a poor job of taking care of its citizens, there are more and more of them coming vulnerable to human rights violations such as human trafficking and child labor. World Population Day reminds us that we are part of an ever growing world, and that to ensure there’s a great future ahead for any of us, there has to be a great future for all of us.
World Population Day Facts and Quotes
The theme for World Population Day in 2015 was Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies. The UN’s 2015 vulnerable populations include displaced refugees and women/girls.
China and India are by far the most populous countries on the globe. With 1.4 and 1.3 billion inhabitants, respectively, both countries are home to about 37% of the world’s people.
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.
According to the United Nations, India is expected to become the world’s largest country by 2028 with 1.45 billion inhabitants.
“We are in a bottle of overpopulation and wasteful consumption that could push half of Earth’s species to extinction in this century”. E.O. Wilson, naturalist and biologist.
60% of the world’s population resides in Asia.
17% of the world’s population resides in India.
20% of the world’s population resides in the People’s Republic of China.
12 % of the world’s population resides in Africa.
11% of the world’s population resides in Europe.
8% of the world’s population resides in North America.
5.3% of the world’s population resides in South America
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