World Population Day was established in 1989 by the UN in the wake of the world’s population reaching 5 billion people. 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.
WHAT WAS ICPD?
ICPD took place in Cairo, Egypt, in September 1994. There, 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.
WHAT IS POPULATION CONNECTION DOING?
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.
Under Trump’s administration, the United States has stopped funding UNFPA, making the U.S. the only country in the world to refuse funding for non-budgetary reasons.
Click here to learn more about some of UNFPA’s programs.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- Join us: Become a member of Population Connection today to join us in our mission to educate young people and advocate for progressive action to stabilize the global population at a sustainable level.
- 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.
- Stay updated: Join our email list and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
- Spread the word: Have a Population Connection speaker address your class, community group, or organization. There is never any fee.
- Get creative: If you are a middle or high school student, submit a 60-second original video to our annual student video contest—there are cash prizes, and winning videos often get local news coverage!
Free Film Screening: “Mother: Caring for 7 Billion”
Join us for a free screening of this award-winning film! The documentary explores how population growth is connected to economic, environmental, and empowerment issues. It also features the stories of real women from around the world, as well as insights from experts and scientists.
Population Connection members are holding screenings in these cities: