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11th July 2019 - 08:00 to 17:00

Lagos, Nigeria

London, UK

New York, USA


World Population Day


Population Matters is based in the UK, where the population continues to grow and our consumption levels contribute to a disproportionate global environmental impact.

On World Population Day we will be visiting the government's Department for International Development to ask the UK government to do more to help the world achieve the SDGs.



In New York, we will join US campaigners Having Kids at the United Nations building as government representatives from across the world meet to discuss the SDGs. 

We shall call on the UN Secretary-General to issue a public statement in support of smaller families, and for the UN to work towards an international agreement on population.



Africa's most populous nation is due to overtake the US to become the world's third largest by 2050.

In Lagos, we are partnering with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation to host a round table discussion with campaigners and Nigerian government agencies to discuss the national and international threats posed by unsustainable population.


Check out how Population Matters commemorated the day in 2018 in London.

World Population Day, which seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues, was established by the then-Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989, an outgrowth of the interest generated by the Day of Five Billion, which was observed on 11 July 1987.

By resolution 45/216 of December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly decided to continue observing World Population Day to enhance awareness of population issues, including their relations to the environment and development.

The Day was first marked on 11 July 1990 in more than 90 countries. Since then, a number of UNFPA country offices and other organizations and institutions commemorate World Population Day, in partnership with governments and civil society.

Around the world, some 225 million women who want to avoid pregnancy are not using safe and effective family planning methods, for reasons ranging from lack of access to information or services to lack of support from their partners or communities. Most of these women with an unmet demand for contraceptives live in 69 of the poorest countries on earth.

Access to safe, voluntary family planning is a human right. It is also central to gender equality and women’s empowerment and is a key factor in reducing poverty. Investments in making family planning available also yields economic and other gains that can propel development forward.



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