New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: People across the world will observe World Population Day on Saturday to spread awareness about the rising population of the world which according to a data will be as high as 7.8 billion as of March 2020. The aim of celebrating World Population Day is also to spread awareness about family planning and maternal health.

This year, the theme for World Population Day is “Putting the brakes on COVID-19: How to safeguard the health and rights of women and girls now” as reports of domestic violence has increased globally amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Except for the United States of America (USA), four of the five most populous nations are inhabited in the Asian subcontinent because of its climatic hospitality and relatively lesser geographical challenges. The five most populous countries are China, India, United States of America, Indonesia, and Pakistan. Whereas, the five least populous countries in the world are Vatican City, Tokelau, Niue, Falkland Islands and Montserrat.

History of World Population Day:

The World in 2020 will mark its 31st Population Day. The first World Population Day was marked on 11th July 1989, after being established by United Nations Development Programme’s Governing Council, partly inspired by the widespread public interest in Five Billion Day on July 11 1987. And therefore, with the adoption of United Nations General Assembly’s Resolution 45/216 the World Population Day as for 11th July, every year came into being. 

Significance of World Population Day:

World Population Day is meant to mark the burdening of global earthly resources due to overpopulation and dense intensity of humankind in specific geographical locations which has its due number of ramifications, economic and otherwise. 

Family planning, use of contraceptives, and safe physical relationship remain at the centre of spotlight on World Population Day every year.

Poverty and Human rights, along with multiple aspects and mother and child care in different socio-economic zones –in conflict or peace zones – are also taken into consideration as for the population boom in various parts of the world.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma