Theme of World Population Day 2020 - Swikriti's Blog

Theme of World Population Day 2020

World population day is one of the most important awareness day celebrated annually on every 11th of July. The aim of celebrating world population day is to spread awareness about the issues of the global population and the importance of reproductive health.

Every year UN Council decides the Theme for World Population Day to spread the awareness about population growth. In year 2019 there was not a specific theme but emphasis was globally on the unmet goals of 1994 International Conference on Population and Development which happens 25 years back in Cairo where 179 governments have adopted that “reproductive health and gender equality are essential for achieving sustainable development “.

2020 theme is still not declared by UN , but this year UNFPA opens a call for humanitarian aid to meet 48 million women and young people urgently.The appeal, also known as the Humanitarian Action Review of UNFPA, outlines how women and girls face unique challenges during humanitarian disasters, ranging from being more likely to die from pregnancy and childbirth complications to an increased risk of gender-based abuse.

The world will be facing huge humanitarian problems by 2020: one out of every 45 people will be affected by a crisis. More than 168 million people worldwide need humanitarian aid right now.

This awareness day was established by the governing council of the United Nations Development Program in 1989. The inspiration for this special awareness day came on the when the world’s population reaches by 5 billion and hence became the serious concern about exploding population.  Therefore, the world population day has to be initiated to overcome the issues of our growing population and to raise this awareness in public.

World Population Day is celebrated to aware people where one can try to understand the population issues. So what are Population issues? Basically, a Population issue includes family planning, gender equality, child marriage, human rights, right to health, baby’s health, etc.

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Here are some interesting facts about the population

–Roughly 83 million people are being added to the world’s population every year, the global population is expected to reach 8.6 billion in 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100

–Out of 7.4 billion people in the world, India is 1.327 billion which approximately 17.5 % of the world population. According to this situation, it is important to understand the need for population control.

–Approx. 800 women die every day due to pregnancy-related complications and from these 20 percent of the women are from India.

–India is expected to become the world’s youngest country with 64% of the population working by 2020, despite resolving the issues of employment problems.

–It is calculated that 30% of the population is because of unwanted and accidental pregnancies.

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There are 9 standards which are set to support family planning:

  • Non-discrimination: Family planning should not be cramped on the basis of race, sex, language, religion, national origin, age, economic status, place of residence, disability status, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Available and Accessible: Every country must ensure that family planning commodities and services are available and accessible to everyone.
  • Acceptable: Contraceptive measures and information must be conveyed in a dignified manner, respecting both modern medical ethics and cultures.
  • Good quality: Family planning information must be accurate.
  • Informed decision-making: Every person must be empowered to make reproductive choices with full autonomy, free of pressure, coercion or misrepresentation.
  • Privacy and confidentiality: All individuals must enjoy the right to privacy when seeking family planning information and services.
  • Participation: Countries should ensure the active participation of individuals in decisions that affect them, including health issues.
  • Accountability: Everyone including leaders and policymakers must be accountable to the people they serve in all efforts to realize the human right to family planning.

How World Population Day is Celebrated?

World Population is celebrated at international level where different activities and events are organized to draw attention to the major issues of the world’s population. Activities include seminar, discussion, educational sessions, public contest, poster making, slogans, workshops, debates, songs, etc.

Swikriti Dandotia

4 thoughts on “Theme of World Population Day 2020

  • June 24, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Require more attention. the awareness among the public is not satisfactory towards world population day. First we have to start with educational institutions particularly among college students and school students.
    It is not just about controlling the population but also about creating healthy society, this has to be spread over among all kind of age group. In addition to UNO, we need to have forum in national level, state level and district level too to make the people more aware about population issues.

    • July 3, 2019 at 1:17 pm

      what is theme of 2019 world population day?

      • July 3, 2019 at 2:43 pm

        Hi Ishmeen Kaur, this time there is not specific theme but they will show attention on the unmet goals of of 1994 International Conference on Population and Development which focus on “reproductive health and gender equality”.

  • July 10, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Control of population is a need of the hour. Unless it is done the quality of life ,particularly in third world
    countries, will not improve. In our country many people live at a sub-human level. Many children go undernourished and there are many people who are illiterate. To eradicate poverty and improve the quality of life control of population is indispensable.


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