The population of a country has a significant influence on its development and operations. The more populated a country is, the more difficult it is to develop at a regular speed.
As a result, whether on a national or global basis, lowering overpopulation is critical to ensuring the long-term expansion of our present resources.
It took hundreds of thousands of years for the world’s population to reach one billion, and then just another 200 years or so for it to rise sevenfold.
In 2011, the world population exceeded the 7 billion mark, and it presently stands at 7.7 billion, with projections of 8.5 billion in 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050, and 10.7 billion in 2080. So to draw attention towards the population factor’s role in every aspect it is celebrated every year.
When is World Population Day Celebrated?
To raise awareness about the global population issue and grab people’ attention as well as to educate them about its role, every year World Population Day is celebrated on July 11 around the globe.
History of World Population Day
The first World Population Day event IS celebrated on July 11 and it was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It was inspired by the public interest in Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987, an approximate date on which the world’s population reached five billion people.
The United Nations General Assembly honored the World Population Day with Resolution 45/216 in December 1990 in order to raise awareness about growing population, especially people’s connections with the environment and its development.
On July 11, 1990, more than 90 countries celebrated the first World Population Day. Since then, a number of UNFPA country offices and other organizations and institutions, in collaboration with governments and civil society, have commemorated World Population Day.
Significance of World Population Day
Every year the globe commemorates World Population Day with the purpose of highlighting the challenges posed by overpopulation and increasing awareness of how overpopulation may impact the environment and humanity’s progress.
On this day, discussions also cover family planning, poverty, sexual equality, maternal health, civil rights, and the health issues that women who are carrying children must deal with.
After China, India has the world’s second-largest population, and coping with such a vast population proved problematic during the COVID-19 pandemic’s second wave, which increased the country’s mortality rate.
As a result, it is necessary to place a strong emphasis on population control not just in the country but also on a global scale.
Theme of 2022 World Population Day
Every year the World Population Day is celebrated with a theme- which is a subject of focus for the same day. As the total world population is about to cross the 8 million mark, 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”.