On July 11, 1987, the world population hit five billion. To mark this milestone and raise awareness of global population issues, such as the human right to plan a family, and their impact on development and the environment, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) designated July 11 as World Population Day in 1989.
Each year, World Population Day is centered around a specific theme and issue. World Population Day 2012 focuses on “Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services”:
Reproductive health is at the very heart of development and crucial to delivering the UNFPA vision – a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.”
Global reproductive health and issues by the numbers:
1.8 billion: Number of adolescents reaching their reproductive years – many without the knowledge, skills, and services needed to protect themselves.
4: Number of people who contract HIV every minute and the number of people who die of AIDS every minute.
$9: Amount you can donate to UNFPA to ensure that one couple can delay pregnancy for two years via oral contraceptives. Learn more at UNFPA’s support page.
200 million+: Number of women worldwide who want to use safe and effective family planning methods, whether to avoid or delay pregnancy, but can’t due to lack of information, services, and/or support.
50 million (out of 190 million/year): Number of pregnant women who have an abortion due to unwanted pregnancy – many of which are unsafe. According to UNFPA, 74,000 women die each year due to complications associated with unsafe abortions.
2015: The year UNFPA hopes to make universal reproductive health a reality.