July 11th is World Population Day; an annual event, observed to raise awareness of global population issues. This event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989, and inspired by the Five Billion Day on July 11th 1987 (when our population had reached a whopping five billion).
A lot has changed since 1989. With a population now of over seven billion people, it’s predicted that by 2030 we will have over 8 billion people on this Earth.
World Population Day has a different theme ever year-the theme for 2015 is Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies: According to a recent United Nations report, the number of forcibly displaced people has risen to a record number – almost 60 million at the end of 2014. Among these, most women and adolescent girls face particular threats as a result of the absence of health and other essential services that they need. See more at: http://www.unfpa.org/news/message-world-population-day-0#sthash.NHaeA9mV.dpuf
Join us together with the UNFPA as we spend World Population Day raising awareness of the needs of vulnerable women and girls in emergencies.