World Population Day

11 July 2017

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In 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that 11 July be observed by the international community as World Population Day, a day to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues, such as the importance of family planning, gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights.

World Population Day was inspired by public interest in Five Billion Day on 11 July 1987, the approximate date on which the world's population reached 5 billion people.

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