Sunday, June 30, 2013

World Population Day - 11 July

About the Day

On this day in 1987, the world's population exceeded 5 billion.

World Population Day was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989 as a way to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. It was an outgrowth of the interest generated by the Day of Five Billion, which was observed on 11 July 1987.

World Population Day 2013

The report 'World Population Prospects' says the world's population will reach 10.9 billion by 2100, with the growth mainly occurring in developing countries, with more than half in Africa.

But, with the number of future global dwellers linked to fertility, the number at the end of the century could be as high 16.6 billion or even fall to 6.8 billion, it adds.

India will surpass China's population of 1.45 billion in 2028 and will continue to grow further                    )


World Population Day 2012

The Theme of World Population Day 2012

Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services

Secretary General's Message

UN Secretary General BanKi-moon's Message for World Population Day 2012
We can and must do better

World population crossed 7 billion on 31 October 2011. We need to improve our population control efforts so that we can provide proper facilities to the population.


UNFPA in Zimbabwe is organizing the day's activities with the theme "Re-energizing Family Planning".

Also there is a world summit on Family Planning organized by Gates Foundation on 11 July in London. UNFPA is supporting it.

UNFPA called for photos related to family planning issues.

Book Review of World Population Policies: Origin, Evolution and Impact
10 page review by Anatole Romaniuk

Quotations on Population

World Population Day 2011

Theme: The World at 7 Billion

This year, as the world population is expected to surpass 7 billion, UNFPA and partners are launching a campaign called 7 Billion Actions. It aims to engage people, spur commitment and spark actions related to the opportunities and challenges presented by a world of 7 billion people.

In many ways a world of 7 billion is an achievement: Globally, people are living longer and healthier lives, and couples are choosing to have fewer children. However, meeting the needs of current and future generations presents daunting challenges as our numbers continue to increase.

Whether we can live together equitably on a healthy planet will depend on the choices and decisions we make now. In a world of 7 billion people, and counting, we need to count each other.

Remember 1.2 billion people are living below poverty line.

Message from the Secretary-General of UNO and the Executive Director of UNFPA  are available in the above web page.



World population to reach 10 billion by 2100

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World Population - 7 billion
National Geographic Articles (Seven planned)
First Article in January 2011



World Population Day 2010

The theme, Everyone Counts, underscores the importance of data for development. Its focus on understanding why reliable, disaggregated data is so crucial to progress and it encourages people to participate in the census and other data collection efforts.

World Population Day 2009

This year's theme is chance to build awareness of the importance of educating girls to a wide range of development issues, including poverty, human rights and gender equality.

Source for the picture

There are many ways to promote this theme:
  • Consider inviting local celebrities to help spread the message.
  • Organize events to generate widespread attention about the importance of girls' education.
  • Spark discussion with seminars, conferences and debates. Host essay and poster contests.
  • Work with community groups to create plays and soap operas.
Encourage women and girls to speak or write about the impact of education in their own life. The messages can come to life when different people from different circumstances share their own experiences and knowledge. A full list of suggested activities is available to inspire your own planning.
United Nations Population Fund

World Population Day 2009 -Announcements and News


Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is organizing World Population Day.
It released an advertisement on the occasion with the message
Rising Numbers .....Limited Resources
A Stable Population is Vital for Healthy Nation
(davp 17102/13/0080/0910)
South Africa
Announcement on Capetown Green Map
Today, there are more than 6 billion people on the planet, with half of the world’s population under the age of 25 - at or just reaching their childbearing years.

Nearly 600,000 women still die each year from pregnancy-related causes. And an estimated 90 percent of infants whose mothers die at childbirth will not survive to their first birthday.

Wild species are becoming extinct 50 to 100 times faster than they naturally would, because of the impact of rapid population growth and increased population density in many countries.
World population has been increasing steadily at the rate of 78 million per year. Statistics predict that there will be between 7.3 billion to 10.7 billion people on planet earth by the year 2050.

World Population Day 2008

In 1968, world leaders proclaimed that individuals have a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and timing of their children. Forty years later, modern contraception remains out of reach for hundreds of millions of women, men and young people.
World Population Day 2008 reaffirmed the right of people to plan their families. It encouraged activities, events and information that will help make this right real — especially for those who often have the hardest time getting the information and services they need to plan their families, such as marginalized populations and young people.
When people can plan their families, they can plan their lives. They can plan to beat poverty. They can plan on healthier mothers and children. They can plan to gain equality for women. Plan to support World Population Day this year!

Plan to beat poverty. Plan to gain equality. Plan to beat maternal death.

New Regarding Celebrations in Previous Years

Contests organised to mark World Population Day in Ludhiana, 11 July 2008
Goa students participate in World Population Day programmes, 11 July 2008

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

International Day of Families - 15 May

About the Day

The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year. The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 with resolution A/RES/47/237 and reflects the importance the international community attaches to families. The International Day provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families.

In its resolution, the General Assembly also noted that the family-related provisions of the outcomes of the major United Nations conferences and summits of the 1990s and their follow-up processes continue to provide policy guidance on ways to strengthen family-centred components of policies and programmes as part of an integrated comprehensive approach to development.

The International Day of Families has inspired a series of awareness-raising events, including national family days. In many countries, that day provides an opportunity to highlight different areas of interest and importance to families. Activities include workshops and conferences, radio and television programmes, newspaper articles and cultural programmes highlighting relevant themes.

2013 Message of Secretary General

"Families hold societies together, and intergenerational relationships extend this legacy over time. This year’s International Day of Families is an occasion to celebrate connections among all members of the constellation that makes up a family. It is also an opportunity to reflect on how they are affected by social and economic trends – and what we can do to strengthen families in response."

Themes of Past International Day of Families

2013:  Advancing social integration and intergenerational solidarity
2012:  Ensuring work family balance
2011:  Confronting Family Poverty and Social Exclusion
2010:  The impact of migration on families around the world
2009:  Mothers and Families: Challenges in a Changing World
2008:  Fathers and Families: Responsibilities and Challenges
2007:  Families and Persons with Disabilities
2006:  Changing Families: Challenges and Opportunities
2005:  HIV/AIDS and Family Well-being
2004:  The 10th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family: A Framework for Action
2003:  Preparations for the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family in 2004
2002:  Families and Ageing: Opportunities and Challenges
2001:  Families and Volunteers: Building Social Cohesion
2000:  Families: Agents and Beneficiaries of Development
1999:  Families for all ages
1998:  Families: Educators and Providers of Human Rights
1997:  Building Families Based on Partnership
1996:  Families: First Victims of Poverty and Homelessness

Universal Children's Day - 20 November

Children's Day is recognized on various days in many places around the world, to honor children globally. It was first proclaimed by the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in 1925 and then established universally in 1954 to protect an "appropriate" day. Major global variants include a Universal Children's Day on April 30, by United Nations recommendation.

Children's Day is often celebrated on other days as well. International Day for Protection of Children, observed in many countries as Children's Day on June 1 since 1950, was established by the Women's International Democratic Federation on its congress in Moscow (22 November 1949).

Universal Children's Day takes place annually on November 20. First proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954, it was established to encourage all countries to institute a day, firstly to promote mutual exchange and understanding among children and secondly to initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world's children.
This day is observed to promote the objectives outlined in the Charter and for the welfare of children. On November 20, 1959 the United Nations adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. The United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1989.

By resolution 836(IX) of 14 December 1954, the General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children's Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children. It recommended that the Day was to be observed also as a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world. The Assembly suggested to governments that the Day be observed on the date and in the way which each considers appropriate. The date 20 November, marks the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989.'s_Day