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World Population was observed on Saturday (July 11) to raise awareness about the problems of rapidly increasing population.    

This year's theme is "Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies".

The world is seeing a record number of people displaced by crises–some 60 million according to the latest UN figures. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) works in emergency settings around the globe to respond to the rights and needs of women and girls, helping them maintain their dignity, securing their safety, and restoring their access to sexual and reproductive health care.

Secretary-General United Nations Ban Ki-moon in his message on the occasion urged the nations to take steps to make vulnerable segments particularly women secure.

Background:

In 1989, in its decision 89/46, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that, in order to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues in the context of overall development plans and programmes and the need to find solutions for these issues, 11 July should be observed by the international community as World Population Day


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