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Plan to Observe World Population Day

On 11 July 2008, people around the world will be observing the 19th World Population Day in different ways. This year’s theme is chance to build awareness of the importance of family planning to a wide range of development issues, including gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights.

There are many ways to promote this theme:

  • Consider inviting local celebrities to help spread the message.
  • Organize events to generate widespread attention about the importance of family planning.
  • Spark discussion with seminars, conferences and debates. Host essay and poster contests.
  • Work with community groups to create plays and soap operas.

Encourage individuals to speak or write about the impact of family planning in their own life. The messages can come to life when different people from different circumstances share their own experiences and knowledge. A full list of suggested activities is available to inspire your own planning.


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Ready-to-print posters

If you do not need to change the text, send the PDF files in the appropriate language to a local printer. If you need 500 or fewer posters, instruct the printer to make digital prints on a Canon Fiery or similar color printer (ask the printer to use recycled paper and a minimum weight of 100 lb. text). If you'd like to have posters larger than A3, let your printer know that the image is a vector graphic and can be scaled up to any size required.

Customize posters to your language

If you need to change the text to another language, make sure that the font, font size, color and placement are exactly the same as in the posters provided. After adding the text to your chosen image, save the inDesign files as print-quality (highest) PDF files. Each file below includes all five posters in each of the language versions.

English ZIP Français ZIP Español ZIP Arabic ZIP

Create print ads in newspapers/magazines

The poster designs will work best as full-page ads. If a publication can only print black and white, tell them it is OK to convert the designs to grayscale. If the ad is smaller than full-page, make sure that the secondary (smaller) text is still legible.

Online banners

To link to the World Population Day page on this website, choose the banner ad from those below, and use the code below to produce the button link.


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Plan your Future : Plan your Family



The Power of Planning

In 1968, world leaders proclaimed that individuals have a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and timing of their children. Forty years later, modern contraception remains out of reach for hundreds of millions of women, men and young people.

World Population Day 2008 reaffirmed the right of people to plan their families. It encouraged activities, events and information that will help make this right real — especially for those who often have the hardest time getting the information and services they need to plan their families, such as marginalized populations and young people.

When people can plan their families, they can plan their lives. They can plan to beat poverty. They can plan on healthier mothers and children. They can plan to gain equality for women. Plan to support World Population Day this year!

Plan to beat poverty. Plan to gain equality. Plan to beat maternal death.

Resource Kit (including fact sheets, videos, feature stories)

Activities to promote World Population Day

Download PDF (Instructions for printing and using the posters.)