World Population Day Date in the current year: July 11, 2016

World Population Day World Population Day is an official United Nations observance held on July 11 each year. It was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in 1989.

The date of July 11 was chosen to commemorate the so-called Five Billion Day: on July 11, 1987 the world population reached five billion people. In 2012, the world population exceeded seven billion people.

World Population Day was created to raise awareness of global population issues. Rapidly increasing number of living humans on Earth is both an opportunity and a challenge. Many existing problems, such as the spread of infectious diseases and social issues, are exacerbated by increasing population. That is why population issues are of extreme urgency and importance.

These issues relate to aging and health, urbanization and mass migration, inadequate food supplies and demand for housing, access to safe drinking water, and much more. Finding solutions for population issues is very important for sustainable development.

On July 11, UN Member States, international, national and local organizations, and civil society organize events aimed at highlighting major population issues. Each year, the new theme of the day is selected.

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