World Population Day 2021: To create awareness about the overgrowing population and take steps to control the same, World Population Day is observed on 11th July annually worldwide.
World Population Day 2021 (11th July)
When such a situation arrived, to make people aware of the situation, governments in different countries came up with many awareness campaigns. Campaigns like “limit the family to four people” encourage couples to have only one biological child, child adoption etc. The purpose of observing International Population Day was to create awareness of the growing human population and its effect on the ecosystem and humanity itself.
World Population Day 2021 – History
Overpopulation is a serious global issue that had to be addressed with immediate effect. In 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programs declared this international day for the same purpose. The public interest inspired it in Five Billion Day on 11th July 1987. Coincidentally, on this day, the world population reached five billion people.
This day is about spreading awareness on population issues like the importance of family planning, gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights. World Population day was suggested by Dr K. C. Zachariah, who was then working as Sr. Demographer at World Bank. He suggested that efforts have to be made to spread awareness on population rise, as the world is already at five billion people.
World Population Day 2021 Theme
- The World Population Day 2020 theme was ‘How to safeguard the health and rights of women and girls now’
- ‘Focus on Unmet goals’ was the theme in 2019, where the focus was on reproductive health, and gender equality is essential for achieving sustainable development.
- ‘Family planning is a human right’ was the theme for the year 2018.
- ‘Family planning, empowering people and developing nations’ was the theme for the year 2017.
- ‘Investing in teenage girls’ was the theme for 2016, where the focus was on helping adolescent girls fight issues like early marriage and motherhood
The United Nations have not declared the theme for the year 2021 as yet, but this year’s focus will be on humanitarian aid to meet 48 million women and young people urgently.
World Population Day 2021 Significance
This day’s significance is to make people aware of population issues due to the increase in the number of people. Governments of different countries have implemented many programs. It is now critical for people to know them and follow. Make efforts in controlling the population. The current world population is at 7.8 Billion as per the calculation in March 2020. If we don’t act on it now, we may not be able to do it ever.
World Population Day 2021 Celebration
International Population Day is observed to reaffirm the human rights to plan for a family. It encourages activities, events and information to help make this right a reality throughout the world. The day is celebrated worldwide by business groups, communities, organisations, NGOs, social welfare organizations and individuals in many ways. Activities include seminar discussions, educational information sessions, painting and essay competitions, letting people know about the population control programs announced by the government and child adoption.
Let us make an effort to reduce the world population by supporting the initiatives taken by the United Nations. Participation in the action taken by the social welfare associations at the local, National and International level is also essential.