Learn about the origin of World Population Day

July 11 of each year is celebrated on World Population Day, this date was established through the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Program in 1989, with the intention of drawing attention to the urgency and the importance of population issues.

In resolution 1990, the United Nations General Assembly decided to keep World Population Day to raise awareness about population issues, including their relations with the environment and development.

The first time this important date was celebrated was July 11th, 1990, with the participation of more than 90 countries. Since then, various offices of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in different countries, as well as other organizations and institutions, commemorate World Population Day in collaboration with governments and civil society.

The main objective of this day is to remember the importance of demographic problems that seriously affect the development plans of many countries since the current growth of the world population is very fast and causes great alarm among specialists in the field.

As a consequence of this accelerated growth, there are innumerable difficulties related, especially, to the available resources: water, farmland, food, health care, and education; and one of the most worrisome, the deterioration of the environment.

Currently, there are more than 6 billion inhabitants on the planet and it is estimated that some 11 billion people will be reached by 2050.

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