What is World Population Day?
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 health, development, and environmental impacts of rapid population growth. The focus of this year’s World Population Day is “the sexual and reproductive health needs and vulnerabilities of women and girls during the pandemic.”
COVID-19 is causing some countries to redirect their health budgets to the pandemic response, leaving reproductive health programs even more underfunded than usual, and leaving women and girls underserved. Global health experts are concerned that this is already leading to an increase in unintended pregnancy, female genital mutilation, child marriage, and gender-based violence. You can read more about these issues in the newly released State of World Population 2020 report.
Type in your birth date to discover what the world population was on the day you were born. Then type in as many dates as you want to find out what the population was at different points in history that are significant to you!
Want to Get Involved? Here’s How!
- Join us: Become a member of Population Connection today to join in our mission to educate young people about population challenges and to advocate for progressive action to stabilize global population.
- 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.
- Get creative: If you are a middle or high school student, submit an original video to our annual international student video contest—there are cash prizes, and winning videos often get local news coverage!
- Stay updated: Join our email list and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We’re doing a World Population Day countdown on social media, with lots of fun and educational challenges every day during the week leading up to World Population Day, on July 11th!
- Educate yourself: Take this quiz to see how much you know about the history and future of world population growth.