WORLD POPULATION DAY: JULY 11, 2015

 

WORLD POPULATION DAY

The United Nations’ (UN) World Population Day is annually observed on July 11 to reaffirm the human right to plan for a family. It encourages activities, events and information to help make this right a reality throughout the world.

UN World Population Day
Family planning is an important topic raised during World Population Day.
Illustration based on artwork from ©iStockphoto.com/Julien Bastide

What do people do?

World Population Day aims to increase people’s awareness on various population issues such as the importance of family planning, including gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights. The day is celebrated worldwide by business groups, community organizations and individuals in many ways. Activities include seminar discussions, educational information sessions and essay competitions.

Public life

World Population Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

In 1968 world leaders proclaimed that individuals had a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and timing of their children. About 40 years later modern contraception remains out of reach for millions of women, men and young people. World Population Day was instituted in 1989 as an outgrowth of the Day of Five Billion, marked on July 11, 1987. The UN authorized the event as a vehicle to build an awareness of population issues and the impact they have on development and the environment.

Since then, with the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) encouragement, governments, non-governmental organizations, institutions and individuals organize various educational activities to celebrate the annual event.

Symbols

The UN logo is often associated with marketing and promotional material for this event. It features a projection of a world map (less Antarctica) centered on the North Pole, enclosed by olive branches. The olive branches symbolize peace and the world map represents all the people of the world. It has been featured in colors such as blue against a yellow background.

2015 Theme: ”Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies ”

World Population Day Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Wed Jul 11 1990 World Population Day United Nations observance
Thu Jul 11 1991 World Population Day United Nations observance
Sat Jul 11 1992 World Population Day United Nations observance
Sun Jul 11 1993 World Population Day United Nations observance
Mon Jul 11 1994 World Population Day United Nations observance
Tue Jul 11 1995 World Population Day United Nations observance
Thu Jul 11 1996 World Population Day United Nations observance
Fri Jul 11 1997 World Population Day United Nations observance
Sat Jul 11 1998 World Population Day United Nations observance
Sun Jul 11 1999 World Population Day United Nations observance
Tue Jul 11 2000 World Population Day United Nations observance
Wed Jul 11 2001 World Population Day United Nations observance
Thu Jul 11 2002 World Population Day United Nations observance
Fri Jul 11 2003 World Population Day United Nations observance
Sun Jul 11 2004 World Population Day United Nations observance
Mon Jul 11 2005 World Population Day United Nations observance
Tue Jul 11 2006 World Population Day United Nations observance
Wed Jul 11 2007 World Population Day United Nations observance
Fri Jul 11 2008 World Population Day United Nations observance
Sat Jul 11 2009 World Population Day United Nations observance
Sun Jul 11 2010 World Population Day United Nations observance
Mon Jul 11 2011 World Population Day United Nations observance
Wed Jul 11 2012 World Population Day United Nations observance
Thu Jul 11 2013 World Population Day United Nations observance
Fri Jul 11 2014 World Population Day United Nations observance
Sat Jul 11 2015 World Population Day United Nations observance
Mon Jul 11 2016 World Population Day United Nations observance
Tue Jul 11 2017 World Population Day United Nations observance
Wed Jul 11 2018 World Population Day United Nations observance
Thu Jul 11 2019 World Population Day United Nations observance
Sat Jul 11 2020 World Population Day United Nations observance

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