11th July Marked As The World Population Day

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  • 11 July is marked as the World Population Day by the United Nations General Assembly.

  • The main focus here is to enhance awareness of population issues and the impact of high population on environment and development.

  • This year, the theme of World Population Day is 'Family Planning is a Human Right'.

  • The population of the world right now is over 7.6 million as of July 2018 in which China leads followed with India, the United States, Indonesia and Brazil.

World Population Day

With an increase in population, there come a number of problems in and around the world and not everyone seems to care about it. In 1989, 11 July was marked as the World Population Day by the United Nations General Assembly to focus on enhancing the awareness of population issues and the impact of high population in development and environment.

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The theme this year is 'Family Planning is a Human Right' and this World Population Day marks as the 50th anniversary of 1968 International Conference on Human Rights, wherein family planning was for the first time declared globally to be human rights.

According to the latest estimates of the United Nations Population Division, the population of the world right now is over 7.6 million as of July 2018 in which China leads followed with India, the United States, Indonesia and Brazil.

The Ministry of Health tweeted that India too has strengthened its family planning programme. This is because of the enhanced basket of contraceptive choices in the public health system in order to meet the change and need of people. The World Health Organisation too shared the success rate of various contraceptive methods in which condom stood out to be the most effective way of birth control.

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