11 July 2005
World Population Day

Observances Around the World

Statement by Thoraya Obaid, Executive Director, UNFPA
Statement by Kofi Annan,
UN Secretary General
Joint Statement by Thoraya Obaid and Louis Michel
Areas for Action
Related Statistics
UNFPA-supported activities for equality

Suggested activities for World Population Day

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Promoting Gender Equality

Achieving the Millennium Development Goals

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Equality Empowers

Equality benefits everyone. Where girls have equal opportunity to education, societies become more prosperous. Where women have equal access to income, assets and services, families become healthier. When both men and women are able to participate equally and exercise their full human rights, the world benefits.

“Each woman and girl is a unique and valuable human being who is entitled to equal opportunities and universally adopted human rights, no matter where she is born or where she lives. Now is the time to energize efforts to put gender equality at the top of the international peace and development agenda.”

– Thoraya Obaid, UNFPA Executive Director