11 July World Population Day
World Population Day as the name suggests is an annual day observed around the world to bring awareness about Population growth and related issues. With a population of more than 7 billion as of March 2012, it’s very important for people on earth to realize and act on healthier lives and importance of small families. Started in 1987, World Population Day has gained much popularity with support from organizations and masses around the world. It also focuses on challenges presented by world of 7 billion people. Reproductive Health services are one of the main targets set by UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) by 2015. So World Population Day is observed in more than 200 countries to bring awareness to people about importance of small families and living healthy lives. On this day, several programs are initiated to educate people about family planning methods.
World Population Day was first started on 11 July in 1987, the day world population reached five billion people. Many organizations around the world celebrate this day by arranging special campaigns and programs to educated people about global population issues. They are working closely with Government Organizations, NGO’s and numerous non-profit organizations to spread the message.
World Population may simply refer to total number of living humans on Earth. According to latest estimates of United States Census Bureau (USCB), World Population is estimated to be 7.023 billion. World Population has witnesses a rapid growth in the last 200 years. Countries like China and India together constitutes 37% of the total world population. Also Asia with 4.2 billion people has largest population continent wise. It accounts for over 60% of the world population as compared to other continents around the world.
Growth of World Population
On 11 July, 2007, the 20 anniversary of World Population Day, the estimated World Population was 6,727,551,263. World Population Day or Five Billion Day is observed throughout the world in more than 200 countries