July 11, 2016 is the World Population Day. We celebrate humanity’s day in the world in over 100 countries and territories.
Yes, we celebrate being human, although in essence, the day is celebrated to inform the world how populous we are on this world.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the population is now at 7 billion and counting. The number increases every 8 seconds and will continue its pace until who knows when. If you check the site at the census.gov, you can see the moving figures.
11th of July is observed by the international community as WORLD POPULATION DAY. It was first celebrated in 1989 declared by the Governing Council of UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) with a yearly theme.
This year, UNDP came up with ‘Investing in teenage girls’ theme to support and ensure their education, health and protection. As you may have known or not noticed, the teenage girls are the future mothers. And another fact is, there are teenage girls who are already mothers. So, investing on them is somewhat fitting, considering that they bear the responsibility of bringing up future human breeders.
Some objectives of this event is to raise awareness for global population issues such as the importance of family planning, encouraging the youth, educating the people about the effects and consequences of STD (sexually transmitted diseases), and many more. Each year since the first year it was celebrated in 1996, different themes have been created to match on the world issues.
World Population Day Themes
The theme of 2015 was”Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies”.
The theme of 2014 was “A time to reflect on population trends and related issues” and “Investing in Young People”.
The theme of 2013 was “Focus is on Adolescent Pregnancy”.
The theme of 2012 was “Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services”.
The theme of 2011 was “7 Billion Actions”.
The theme of 2010 was “Be Counted: Say What You Need”.
The theme of 2009 was “Fight Poverty: Educate Girls”.
The theme of 2008 was “Plan Your Family, Plan Your Future”.
The theme of 2007 was “Men at Work”.
The theme of 2006 was “Being Young is Tough”.
The theme of 2005 was “Equality Empowers”.
The theme of 2004 was “ICPD at 10”.
The theme of 2003 was “1,000,000,000 adolescents”.
The theme of 2002 was “Poverty, Population and Development”.
The theme of 2001 was “Population, Environment and Development”.
The theme of 2000 was “Saving Women’s Lives”.
The theme of 1999 was “Start the Count-up to the Day of Six Billion”.
The theme of 1998 was “Approaching the Six Billion”.
The theme of 1997 was “Adolescent Reproductive Health Care”.
The theme of 1996 was “Reproductive Health and AIDS”.
Here is the list of TOP 10 MOST POPULOUS COUNTRIES
1. China – 1,373,541,278
2. India – 1,266,883,598
3. United States – 323,995,528
4. Indonesia – 258,316,051
5. Brazil – 205,823,665
6. Pakistan – 201,995,540
7. Nigeria – 186,053,386
8. Bangladesh – 171,696,855
9. Russia – 142,355,415
10. Japan – 126,702,1
Philippines is the 12th most populous nation in the world with 100,998,376 people living in the country. That figure may even be lower than reported considering that there are Filipino children born that are not yet registered.
Babies are born every 8 seconds. Yes we are increasing (pun intended :))
How I see myself and the general population going through life.