New Delhi: World Population Day is an annual event, observed on July 11 every year to highlight the problems of overpopulation and raises awareness about the effects of overpopulation on the environment and development.
The first World Population Day was marked on 11th July 1989 and today in 2020 the World will mark its 31st Population Day.
Every year there is a specific theme for World Population Day and the theme of World Population Day 2020 amid the pandemic is “How to safeguard the health and rights of women and girls now.”
The day is significant because it highlights the problems of overpopulation, raises awareness about the effects of overpopulation on the environment and development. It also talks about the health problems faced by child bearing women and the importance of family planning, gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights.
As per reports, there were an estimated 7.8 billion people living on Earth as of March 2020, and with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the number is expected to rise due to unplanned pregnancies. Population size fluctuates at differing rates in differing regions, and Asia is the most populous continent, with China and India together constituting about 36 per cent of the world’s population. With such a huge population, problems are bound to arise.