World Population Day 2018: Family Planning is Human Right
The theme for 2017 was “Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations”.
The world population day celebrated on 11th July 2018 is a United Nations Initiative to raise the awareness of increasing population day to day. In 1989, the governing council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that 11th July should be observed as World Population Day.
This day was first suggested by Dr KC Zachariah, an Honorary Professor at the centre of Development Studies who was then working as a senior demographer at World Bank.
The theme for 2018 is "Family Planning is Human Right". This theme for the first time stresses that women can refuse to have multiple pregnancies placed too close if they want. It gives a response to the 50-year-old legislation which also states the same.
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A total of 8 objectives have been selected for this year's population day
Dr Eugene Kongnyuy, Dep Representative at United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) at the world population day 2018 press conference said that "Family Planning is not a human right but a Fundamental Human Right.
The theme for 2017 was "Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations".
World Health Organization Philippines tweeted "Family Planning reinforces your right to determine the number and spacing of your children. They also shared a photo which stressed on the health issues of women.
UP CM Adityanath in order to mark the importance of World Population Day flagged off a rally in Lucknow.
It is very good to see that people are becoming very conscious about the population and its growth rate but in a country like India which is the second most populous country and is expected to become the first in recent years, it will be very interesting to see how these small steps of people will put forward to lead a change in coming years.