World Population Day
The United Nations' (UN) World Population Day is annually observed on July 11 to reaffirm the human right to plan for a family. It encourages activities, events and information to help make this right a reality throughout the world.
What Do People Do?
World Population Day aims to increase people’s awareness on various population issues such as the importance of family planning, including gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights. The day is celebrated worldwide by business groups, community organizations and individuals in many ways. Activities include seminar discussions, educational information sessions and essay competitions.
World Population Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.
In 1968 world leaders proclaimed that individuals had a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and timing of their children. About 40 years later modern contraception remains out of reach for millions of women, men and young people. World Population Day was instituted in 1989 as an outgrowth of the Day of Five Billion, marked on July 11, 1987. The UN authorized the event as a vehicle to build an awareness of population issues and the impact they have on development and the environment.
Since then, with the United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) encouragement, governments, non-governmental organizations, institutions and individuals organize various educational activities to celebrate the annual event.
The UN logo is often associated with marketing and promotional material for this event. It features a projection of a world map (less Antarctica) centered on the North Pole, enclosed by olive branches. The olive branches symbolize peace and the world map represents all the people of the world. It has been featured in colors such as blue against a yellow background.
World Population Day Observances
|Sun||Jul 11||2010||World Population Day||United Nations observance|
|Mon||Jul 11||2011||World Population Day||United Nations observance|
|Wed||Jul 11||2012||World Population Day||United Nations observance|
|Thu||Jul 11||2013||World Population Day||United Nations observance|
|Fri||Jul 11||2014||World Population Day||United Nations observance|
|Sat||Jul 11||2015||World Population Day||United Nations observance|
|Mon||Jul 11||2016||World Population Day||United Nations observance|
|Tue||Jul 11||2017||World Population Day||United Nations observance|
|Wed||Jul 11||2018||World Population Day||United Nations observance|
|Thu||Jul 11||2019||World Population Day||United Nations observance|
|Sat||Jul 11||2020||World Population Day||United Nations observance|
Quick FactsThe United Nations' (UN) World Population Day reaffirms the human right to plan for a family.
World Population Day 2018Wednesday, July 11, 2018
World Population Day 2019Thursday, July 11, 2019
Name in other languages
|World Population Day||English|
|Día Mundial de la Población||Spanish|
|אוכלוסיית עולם יום||Hebrew|
|اليوم العالمي للسكان||Arabic|
|세계 인구의 날||Korean|