11 July, 2015

World Population Day

The World Population Day is established as an annual event. For more than 20 years, 11 July has been an occasion to mark the significance of population trends and related issues.
The Gabfest Club session at the "Window on America" Dnipropetrovsk / Ukraine introduced new vocabulary and terms to discuss the population social groups and modern trends in population. We have discussed the graphs about the population groups in English-speaking countries (USA, Australia) and compared them with the population groups in Ukraine.
The theme for 2015 World Population Day is “Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies”. We have given the floor to the representatives of the vulnerable groups (students of high school and University) to define the problems they face in everyday life.
United Nations Population Fund insists on providing quality education, decent employment, effective livelihood skills and access to sexual and reproductive health for women and adolescent girls. This includes comprehensive sexuality education that will ensure that every young person’s potential is fulfilled. The group was offered a UNPFA video about the situation in East European countries and discussed it.
The topic was complicated, but educational for all participants.
Number of participants – 28 persons.

As the world population edged to 7 billion people in 2011 (up from 2.5 billion in 1950), it has had profound implications for development. A world of 7 billion is both a challenge and an opportunity with implications on sustainability, urbanization, access to health services and youth empowerment.

In 1989, in its decision 89/46, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that, in order to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues in the context of overall development plans and programmes and the need to find solutions for these issues, 11 July should be observed by the international community as World Population Day.

The theme for 2015 World Population Day is Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies. The world is seeing a record number of people displaced by crises – some 60 million according to the latest UN figures. UNFPA works in emergency settings around the globe to respond to the rights and needs of women and girls, helping them maintain their dignity, securing their safety, and restoring their access to sexual and reproductive health care.

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