NATIONAL WORLD POPULATION DAY
On July 11, 1989, the world first recognized World Population Day. The day was established by the United Nations Population Fund, whose mission is to deliver a world “where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.”
World Population Day calls attention to the social and political issues surrounding skyrocketing population growth—stress on water and food resources; access to health care; and sustainable economic development.
As of 2018, the world’s population is about 7.6 billion, with a new birth every 8 seconds. (Keep track here!) The world’s most populous countries are China (with 1.4 billion people) and India (with 1.2 billion).