July 11, 2011

Today is the world population day and its the perfect time to know about whats the world population growing to and what are the world population statistics and trends till this date.

World Population Day: Global population growth statistics and trendsWorld Population Day - Origination

  • On July 11, 1987, the United Nations declared July 11 of that year "Five Billion Day" to mark the estimated date on which we reached that milestone of 5 billion in world population.
  • Two years later, the UN declared every subsequent July 11 to be World Population Day as an effort to increase awareness of issues such is the importance of family planning, gender equality, poverty, maternal health, and elderly care.

The total world population growth statistics and global trends:

  • According to UN Figures, by around Oct. 31 this year, world population will hit seven billion
  • That's a world population growth of 40 per cent in just over 20 years.
  • The world's population has doubled since 1968.
  • In 1804, there were one billion people in the world. It took 123 years for that number to double.
  • The UN Population Division expects the population to keep growing until the middle of this century, despite dramatic declines fertility rates around the world.
  • The vast majority of current population growth is in the developing world. Approximately 97 out of every 100 people are born in countries that are already struggling to meet the needs of their citizens.

The message for World Population Day 2011

UNFPA and its partners are kicking off a campaign to raise awareness of the seven key issues they've identified as the most important as the world's population hits seven billion. Among the issues that the 7 Billion Actions campaign addresses are:

  • Breaking the cycle of poverty and inequality to help slow population growth.
  • Engaging young people to transform global politics and culture.
  • Protecting reproductive health and rights to ensure that every child is wanted and every birth is safe.
  • Planning for an increasingly urban planet as the next two billion people will live in cities.
  • Planning for an aging population as population growth slows.

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