World Population Day 2019: Addressing the Environmental and Social Impacts of Rapid Population Growth

Jul 11, 2019 10:45 AM ET
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In the wake of the world’s population reaching 5 billion people, World Population Day was established in 1989 by the UN. The purpose of this day is to bring attention to the environmental and social impacts of rapid population growth.

This year’s World Population Day calls for a commitment to addressing the unfinished business of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action. At ICPD, 179 governments adopted a Programme of Action that called for all people to have equal access to comprehensive reproductive health care.

In addition, it recognized that reproductive health and women’s empowerment are inextricably linked, and that both are necessary for the advancement of society.

This World Population Day, we're celebrating the work of America's Charities nonprofit member, Population Connection.

Part of Population Connection’s mission is to advocate for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

UNFPA is the world’s largest provider of family planning services. Its work increases contraceptive access, eliminates the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting, and offers critical services in humanitarian crises. Over 180 countries contribute to UNFPA, and it operates in over 150 nations. Click here to learn more about some of UNFPA’s programs.

What's Changed Since the First World Population Day 30 Years Ago?

A lot, according to this piece by Population Connection. This World Population Day, let’s vow to fulfill the commitments made in Cairo in 1994, beginning with a serious investment in international family planning assistance, and let’s work to prevent — through voluntary, rights-based fertility decline — the addition of another 2 billion people over the next 30 years.

What Can You Do to Support World Population Day? 

  1. Join Population ConnectionBecome a member of Population Connection today to join their mission to educate young people and advocate for progressive action to stabilize the global population at a sustainable level.
  2. Speak out: Raise your voice in support of women and girls around the world and help educate others about the pressing nature of our population challenges.
  3. Stay updated: Connect with Population Connection through their email list, on Facebook, and Instagram.
  4. Spread the word: Have a Population Connection speaker address your class, community group, or organization. There is never any fee.
  5. Support Population Connection: Support Population Connection's mission by providing sustainable, year-round funding. One of the most cost-efficient ways to do this is to donate to them via payroll deduction through your employer's workplace giving program (Don't have a program? Click here to have your employer contact our team.) 

World Population Video:

Watch human population grow from 1 CE to present and see projected growth in under six minutes. This “dot” video, one of Population Education’s most popular teaching tools, was updated in 2015 and is now more accurate than ever with all dots placed using GIS.