World Population Day

11 Jul 2012

11 July

In 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recommended that 11 July be observed as World Population Day.

An outgrowth of the Day of Five Billion, celebrated on 11 July 1987, the day seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues, particularly in the context of overall development plans and programmes, and the need to find solutions for these issues.

In 2001, world population stood at 6.1 billion, and was growing by 77 million a year. The United Nations estimates there will be between 7.9 billion and 10.9 billion people in 2050, with 9.3 billion the most likely projection.

Source: United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library

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