World Population Day is celebrated on July 11 every year. It is celebrated globally, with the aim of raising awareness of world population issues. Established by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 1989, people have observed World Population Day for more than 30 years. Since overpopulation has become one of the major concerns nowadays, as the world population is rapidly increasing day by day, it is of great importance now. Family planning should be taught to people all over the world so that the rapidly increasing world population can slow down a little. Overpopulation puts pressure on existing resources and can therefore pose problems for future generations. UNDP aims to raise awareness of all these problems that overpopulation can create. According to a report by the United Nations Population Fund, the world’s population is expected to reach the 8 billion mark by 2022.
World Population Day 2022: History and Significance
The United Nations Development Programme established World Population Day in 1989. This was done shortly after the world population crossed the 5 billion mark on July 11, 1987. The United Nations had also, by resolution 45/216, in December 1990 decided to continue observing World Population Day in order to increase awareness of existing population problems and also their relationships with the environment and development. The day is of great importance because of the problem of overpopulation and, therefore, it is very important to raise awareness. It poses a risk not only to the environment or resources but also to mothers and children, who may face health problems or the family may face financial problems.
What is the theme of World Population Day 2022?
The theme of this year’s World Population Day is: “A world of 8 billion: towards a resilient future for all: seizing opportunities and securing rights and choices for all.”
The theme focuses on the problems people face due to overpopulation and mentions that the 8 billion people living in the world do not have equal rights and opportunities, due to increasing overpopulation, discrimination, and inequality. Some have access to adequate resources, while others cannot even obtain basic necessities such as food and water. Many people around the world still face gender-based discrimination, violence, class-based discrimination, and more.
World Population Day 2022: Which countries have the lowest population?
According to a report by Worldpopulationreview.com, Vatican City is the least populated country in the world, which has approximately 800 citizens. Next comes Naura which has 10,876 citizens. Followed by this comes Tuvalu with a population of approximately 11,931. Other countries that make the list are Palau with a population of 18,169, San Marino with 34,017, Liechtenstein with 38,250, Monaco with 39,511, and St. Kitts and Nevis with 53,544.
However, the most populous country in the world is China with a population of 1426 million, followed by India with a population of 1412 million.
WORLD POPULATION DAY 2022: QUOTES
“As a woman leader, I thought I brought a different kind of leadership. I was interested in women’s issues, in bringing down the population growth rate as a woman, I entered politics with an additional dimension – that of a mother.” –Benazir Bhutto
“Almost half of the population of the world lives in rural regions and mostly in a state of poverty. Such inequalities in human development have been one of the primary reasons for unrest and, in some parts of the world, even violence” –A P J Abdul Kalam
“Rapid population growth and technological innovation, combined with our lack of understanding of how the natural systems of which we are a part work, have created a mess.” -David Suzuki
“Yet food is something that is taken for granted by most world leaders despite the fact that more than half of the population of the world is hungry. ” –Norman Borlaug
“When the family is small, whatever little they have they are able to share. There is peace” Philip Njuguna
“Our human population continues to expand at such a scary rate – it’s unbelievable.” –Bindi Irwin
“Population growth is the primary source of environmental damage.” –Jacques Yves Cousteau