A yearly event observed every July 11th, the World Population Day (WPD) aims to increase the knowledge of everyone on issues directly and indirectly related to the rapid increase in the global population. The total global population has reached 7.30 billion today. Meanwhile, the population of the Philippines as of August 1, 2015 was 100,981,437 based on the 2015 Census of Population released by the Philippine Statistics Authority.
Established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989, WPD was inspired by the public interest in Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987, the estimated date on which the world's population reached a total of five billion people.
Today, WPD is observed by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the lead UN agency whose goal is to deliver “a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, and every young person's potential is fulfilled.”
Along with the UNFPA, various countries and other organizations and institutions also observe WPD annually through the conduct of different events and activities. These events help raise the public’s interest and awareness on issues and concerns about population. UNFPA also produces advocacy materials such as posters and the like in observance of the event.
UNFPA also states that the proportion of the global population between ages 10 and 24 accounted for 28 per cent in 2010. While this proportion will decrease in most continents in the coming 25 years, it will still reach above 20 per cent in all regions except Europe until 2035, and above 30 per cent until 2035 in Africa.
The 2016 WPD shall be observed in the Philippines, by the Commission on Population, other Government Agencies, Local Government Units, Non-Government Organizations, Media, and other groups through a series of drumbeating campaigns and activities, mirrored in all regions, and culminated by the main event to be held in Metro Manila on July 11, 2016.
Locally themed “Investing in Teenage Girls”, the WPD shall focus on issues and concerns affecting the adolescent girls. As mentioned by UNFPA, “every teenage girl has the right to a safe and successful transition into adulthood and the right to embrace the opportunities that the future holds for them.”
Focusing on the teenage girls as its theme for 2016, WPD shall help to empower teenage girls by protecting their rights, providing information and access to services such as sexual and reproductive health care, most particularly the adolescents of Region III, with Central Luzon ranking as the second highest region in the country on pre-marital sex and belonging to the third range of regions with the most number of teenage pregnancy as evidenced by the 2013 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study (YAFS 4).