World Population Day

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News: World Population Day is observed annually on 11 July.

Facts:

  • Aim: To focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues.
  • Origin: The day was established in 1989 as an initiative taken by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
  • Theme: “How to safeguard the health and rights of women and girls now.”

Additional Facts:

  • United Nations Population Fund(UNFPA): It is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency.It aims to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted,every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.
    • Headquarters: New York, United States.
    • Report: State of World Population Report.
  • International Conference on Population and Development(ICPD): It is a 1994 meeting in Cairo,Egypt where 179 governments adopted a revolutionary Programme of Action and called for women’s reproductive health and rights to take centre stage in national and global development efforts.