World Population Day

World Population Day

Heritage & Traditions

By Coco Simpson

Since 1989, every July 11, World Population Day has been celebrated, proclaimed by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) with the fundamental purpose of raising awareness of population growth and development, especially in the most disadvantaged inhabitants, who often have no resources for their own lives.

It advocates that people can plan the formation of a family, with the necessary conditions. According to studies and statistics, within a decade, the population may increase by about 1 billion inhabitants.

For this reason, conditions must be created so that the world can accept this considerable increase. For this, the United Nations (UN), in alliance with different international organizations, structures support programs.

World Population Day is celebrated each year with a different motto, to give relevance to the most important issues that affect humanity and thus contribute to living in a better world.

By 2020, the effort is focused on not letting down our decision on the problems faced by the earth’s population, especially in poor countries, such as high birth rates or lack of family planning, child marriage, female genital mutilation and violence against women.

In Cuba, family planning and care for people in need of filial protection, lacking economic resources, is advocated thanks to different social programs. On the other hand, free education and health make the country a faithful defender of human rights.