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World Population Day 2017!
By S Mukhtar

"Yes dear."

"11 July: what Day?"

"World Population Day!"

"The Day, - how but come?"

"Dear, just look at the world population of some years, - 1960: 3 billion; 1987: 5 billion; 1999: 6 billion; 2011: 7 billion; 2025 (expected): 8 billion; 2050 (expected): 9 billion. Dear, 5 babies born every 1 second, means 80 million souls per year, it has doubled since 1967, in a single generation. Population thus exploding, billions of us, illiteracy and all kinds of social political economic injustice aside, suffer from killing poverty, acute malnutrition, severe starvation (oh almost 1 billion go hungry every day), deadly diseases, lack of access to healthcare, and early death. Furthermore, the Royal Society recently convened a 23-strong expert body from around the world; Sir John Sulston, Nobel Prize for Physiology 2002 winner, was its Chairman. Their report says that from now to 2050 the developing countries alone will be getting one million people more every five days; we might overall be 10 billion before the end of the century - 3 billion coming mostly from the least developed countries, 2 billion from Africa alone; we might by year 2100 be full 22 billion, 17 billion from Africa alone. Dear, that was why the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme, in its decision 89/46, in 1989, recommended that 11 July should be observed by the international community as World Population Day."

"Uncle, what is the theme of the Day?"

"Well, the theme of the Day 2017 is 'Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations'. This quite corresponds with 'Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services' that was the Day 2012 theme."

"But that why?"

"Dear, surveys speak that about 1.8 billion young people marrying every year have no knowledge of family planning and some 222 million women who would like to avoid or delay pregnancy lack access to it. And that was why Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his 11 July 2012 Message for World Population Day said: 'On this World Population Day, I call for urgent, concerted action by Member States to bridge the gap between demand and supply for reproductive health care.'"

"Uncle, will population planning only help us out."

"No. As Sir John Sulston said, 'We should choose to address the twin issues of population and consumption to rebalance the use of resources.' You see many people in the developed countries consume far too much food than is good for them and also waste its unbearably huge amounts and one single child there consumes as much water as 30-50 children do in the developing world."

"Uncle, 11 July 2017 is the 17th year of the World Population Day?"


"Means all the 17 years fruitless and all these 17 great World Population Days proved no greater than ordinary days! Efforts on…OK!"

News Updated at : Tuesday, July 11, 2017
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