World Population Day July 11, 2018

Jane Roberts
Posted July 7, 2018 from United States

July 11 is World Population Day marked every year since 1989 and established that year by the  Governing Council of the United Nations Development Program.  Every day we read about droughts, floods, fires, starvation, climate change, conflicts over resources especially water, conflicts over religion, refugees fleeing misery and violence including gender based violence and on and on. It is going to get worse.

The theme of this year’s WPD is “Family Planning is a Human Right”.  It should be universally accessible, safe, and offered in an atmosphere of privacy and confidentiality. Millions of people lack access. Millions of women are disempowered in this area of their lives. Many young girls are forced to marry when their bodies are not mature enough for healthy pregnancies.  They can suffer severe injury and even death.

According to the U.N. World Population Clock human numbers as of July 2018 reached 7.6 billion with predictions of another billion added every 14 years.  This is not good.  The conditions we see now are going to be exacerbated by a large influx of  young people who, in countries such as in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and sub-Sharan Africa will all want an education and chances for a decent life. Hopelessness can breed extremism and nihilism.

Education and health for boys and girls, men and women are the underpinnings of any decent society. Educated healthy people make good choices. Let’s think about this and take steps to encourage our own government to support family planning both here and throughout the world.  This is good public policy both for the world and for us. If you are so moved, and an American, please join 34 Million Friends of the United Nations Population Fund.  www.34millionfriends.org    

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Jill Langhus
Jul 08, 2018
Jul 08, 2018

Hi Jane,

Thanks for sharing your post. It certainly makes sense what you're saying about family planning being a necessity.

What is your goal for the fund money, to address government officials to implement bills toward encouraging family planning? Please tell me how it works:-)

Jane Roberts
Jul 08, 2018
Jul 08, 2018

Hello, Thanks a ton for your comment. Actually 34 Million Friends (www.34millionfriends.org) raises money from Americans for the UN Population Fund. All Republican since Reagan including Trump of course have refused funding due to lies about UNFPA's role in abortion and it's support for Chinese one child policy. Really ugly. So if you look at the web site you will see how it works. UNFPA is the world's largest contributor to family planning, contraception world wide. .

Jill Langhus
Jul 09, 2018
Jul 09, 2018

Hey there Jane,

You're welcome:) Okay. I see. Thanks for the clarification and synopsis.

Jane Roberts
Jul 09, 2018
Jul 09, 2018

Great. Thank you for taking such an interest. Big Cheers, Jane

otahelp
Feb 20
Feb 20

An amazing mobilisation you have done here. calling us to be aware of what we going to face with population explosion. i agree with you we all have to join the movement and advocate for family planning. thank you once again Jane for drawing out attention to a very pertinent issue that some of us overlook.

J Brenda Lanyero
Mar 12
Mar 12

Hello Jane,
Family planning is really a basic right and more people need to be sensitized especially the rural couples more so the women. Thank you for sharing .

Bettina Amendi
Mar 18
Mar 18

Thanks for Sharing Jane.

Lisbeth
Mar 19
Mar 19

Off course family planning mist be a human right" if you see the effect of Lack of family planning in my part of world its weird. Thanks for highlighting this for us.

Fanka
Apr 25
Apr 25

Hi Jane,
Thanks you for sharing about World Population day. I am hearing this for the first time and I am touched by the this theme: “Family Planning is a Human Right.

Jacqueline Namutaawe

Thanks Jane for sharing.