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This year's World Population Day calls for reproductive health and rights

A day for population
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World Population Day celebrated every year on July 11 to raise awareness about the exploding world population.

It was established by the then-Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989, an outgrowth of the interest generated by the Day of Five Billion, which was observed on 11 July 1987.

Unfinished business
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Unfinished business
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This year's World Population Day calls for global attention to the unfinished business of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development.

In 2018 the theme of World Population Day was "Family Planning was a human right".

Landmark conference
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Landmark conference
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In 1994, International Conference on Population and Development was held at Cairo where a Programme of Action was adopted by 179 governments and called for women's reproductive health and rights to take centre stage in global and national development efforts.

For a better world
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For a better world
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On World Population Day, advocates from around the world are calling on leaders, policymakers, grassroots organizers, institutions and others to help make reproductive health and rights a reality for all.

Population trends
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Population trends
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Current estimates indicate that roughly 83 million people are being added to the world’s population every year.

Even assuming that fertility levels will continue to decline, the global population is expected to reach 8.6 billion in 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100, according to the medium-variant projection.

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