India is the second most populated country in the world and harbours 17.5% of the world’s population
Bhargavi Nagendra | July 11, 2018
“If we don’t halt population growth with justice and compassion, it will be done for us by nature, brutally and without pity - and will leave a ravaged world.” – Nobel Laureate D. Henry W Kendall.
Even as this article is written, the Worldometer is recording the 7,634,809,650th birth in this world. 31 years ago on this day the world population touched 5 billion and alarmed the world. Taking a cue, the Governing Council of United Nations Development Programme recognised July 11 as “World Population Day” every year since 1989. This day is an annual reminder for the world around to take note of the population status and its ramifications. The designated day plays an important role to create awareness about issues related to population like family planning, reproductive health, gender equality, maternal and child health, women empowerment, human rights, sex education, contraceptives and others among the general public.
Targets under SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
- By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births.
- By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes.
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