World Population Day Events
Each year, UNFPA offices worldwide organize activities to mark
World Population Day on 11 July. This year’s activities
focus on the theme of adolescent rights, health and development.
Here are some of the activities to mark the Day:
- A workshop on adolescents will be organised by the
Health and Family Welfare Department in association with
the Orissa Association for Population and Development.
human chains, and public meetings will be held in different
- Essays, debates, painting and slogan writing
competitions will be organized in different schools and prizes
will be given
on 11 July.
Information for adolescents, written in Oriya, the language
of the Orissa district, will be distributed to the district’s
school children. A symposium will also be held on adolescent
rights and challenges.
- An action plan on adolescents
will be released by the Women and Child Development Department.
- A Caribbean media awards for World Population Day
will be announced.
- A public event will be held with
the participation of a number of ministers and the Inter-American
Group on Population and Development.
- UNFPA Lebanon, along with the U.N. Youth Task Force
in Lebanon, will mark WPD with an educational campaign, extending
from mid-July to mid-October, that will reach out to the
youth through entertainment activities.
- Q&A programmes
on youth issues will be broadcast on a number FM radio stations
that are mostly popular among young
- A drawing contest will be held for youth involved in
scouting activities, summer schools, summer camps, clubs and
- Live TV programmes, hosted by experts on youth health,
will encourage young people to discuss their fears and concerns.
The programmes will be broadcast over a one-week period.
brochures and other material with information on HIV/AIDS,
substance abuse, healthy lifestyles, and child labour,
will be prominently displayed at locations frequented by young
people, such as beaches, restaurants, diners, pubs, and music
- The Progress Report of the National Population Programme
is expected to be launched on 11 July by either
President Vincente Fox or Minister of Interior Santiago Creel.
will take place at the President's official residence attended
by representative of UN agencies, embassies, state population
councils, national counterparts, and civil society.
- A press
conference, organized by UNFPA and featuring Elena Zúñiga,
Secretary General of the National Population Council, is scheduled
for July 10. Other press conferences,
parades and ceremonies will be held in most of the states of
- The State of Campeche is celebrating Population Month,
which was inaugurated by the Governor of State on July 1. The
commemorations include a book fair on population; conferences
on adolescents, drug addiction, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS;
and a photo contest. A similar ceremony will be held at the
state of Tlaxcala.
- The government is marking World Population Day with
a month-long celebration. The events, under the theme, “One
Billion Adolescents Together Building a Social Contract for Sustainable
Development,” focus on the challenges facing the country’s
youth, including high levels of unemployment, HIV/AIDS, illiteracy
and teenage marriage and pregnancy.
- UNFPA Yemen will mark World Population Day with a full
day of games, theatre, music, puppet shows and educational activities.
The events, to be held at one of Sana’s main squares,
will also feature a mobile clinic service, the launching of
comic magazine and other activities.
- Preachers at the main
mosques will address, in their Friday sermons, issues related
to youth reproductive health and
- All of these events will be carried live on
national TV, which will also feature talk shows related to
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