World Population Day
World Population Day, which seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues, was established by the then-Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989, an outgrowth of the interest generated by the ‘Day of Five Billion’, which was observed on 11 July 1987.
This year’s World Population Day calls for global attention to the unfinished business of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development. Twenty-five years have passed since that landmark conference, where 179 governments recognised that reproductive health and gender equality are essential for achieving sustainable development.
– United Nations
Ideas for workplaces:
To recognise this event…
- Reduce your carbon footprint to slow global warming and pollution. Walk instead of driving, use energy saving light bulbs, carpool with others, turn down the AC/heat when you are not home, reuse and recycle paper, bottles and plastics.
- Take a shorter shower, turn off the water while brushing your teeth and avoid waste. As the population increases, clean safe water will become even more of a commodity.
- Watch a documentary about population. Some of our favorites, Don’t Panic: The Truth About Population, Overpopulated and How Many People Can Live On The Planet.
- As a team, support an organisation or charity that works on reproductive health education. Reproductive health education can help slow the AIDS epidemic, support pregnant women worldwide and provide contraceptive methods and education to those who need it most. Some organizations to consider include, the UN World Population Fund, International Planned Parenthood Federation and the World Population Foundation. – wincalendar.com
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