July 11 is World Population Day

According to the World Bank’s Health Nutrition and Population Data and Statistics, the world’s total population in 1960 was 3,036,764,705.0.  In 2012, it was 7,046,368,812.5 and it is estimated to increase to over 9 billion by 2050.

Today, the United Nations marks World Population Day.   All aspects of our the well-being are impacted by population growth – from child survival, poverty, education, finances, infrastructure, to  natural resources – just to name a few.  For an enlightening and engaging commentary on the impact of population growth, check out Hans Rosling’s TEDTalk “Global population growth, box by box”.  

This year, the World Population Day theme being highlighted is the issue of adolescent pregnancy.  According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, “[w]hen we devote attention and resources to the education, health and wellbeing of adolescent girls, they will become an even greater force for positive change in society that will have an impact for generations to come. On this World Population Day, let us pledge to support adolescent girls to realize their potential and contribute to our shared future.”(Source: http://www.un.org/en/events/populationday/)

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