World Population Day

World Population Day is an annual observance which occurs on July 11th and is used to raise attention issues concerning global population – mainly, the effects of overpopulation on the world and that our current rate of population growth will not be able to be sustained into the future.

History of World Population Day

Inspired by the huge amount of public interest in 5 Billion Day in 1987, the United Nations Development Programme decided to enact a holiday that would bring much-needed attention to the problem of unbridled population growth and the effect it has on the planet. In 1989, they enacted World Population Day, a day that did just that.

World Population Day Customs & Celebrations

Every year, The United Nations has a different theme for World Population Day. For instance, in 2003, the theme was “1,000,000,000 adolescents.” In 2010, it was “Be Counted: Say What You Need,” and in 2016, the theme was “Investing in teenage girls.” Each of these themes focuses on one aspect of the population crisis in the world.

Facts About The World Population

On September 30th, 2016 at 17:13:00 UTC, there were 7,342,686,578 people on the planet. At that time, China was the most populated country with 1,373,541,278 people, India was the second most populated country with 1,266,883,598 and the United States was the third most populated country with 323,995,528 people.

About 1,000 A.D., there were around 400 million people on the planet. It would take 804 years before the world would add enough people to reach 1 billion by 1804. However, it only took about 156 years to add another 2 billion to bring the world population up to 3 billion in 1960. 40 years later, in 2000, the world added another 3 billion – bringing the world population up to 6 billion people. 16 years later, another billion was added to make the world population total over 7 billion in 2016.

It is estimated that about 30% of the world’s population growth in the world is due to unwanted or accidental pregnancies. That’s about 28 million accidental or unwanted births per year. This is mainly due to either the lack of basic sexual reproduction information, adequate family planning, access to birth control or a combination of all three things.

The world population exerts a huge toll on the world’s water supply. In fact, It is estimated that every 20 seconds a child dies due to poor sanitation and that 10% of the world’s population, or about 664 million people, don’t have access to sanitary water.

Where is World Population Day celebrated?

There is no specific location where this holiday is celebrated.