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Today - World Population Day

July 11 2007

In his address, Thoraya Obaid, executive director of the UN Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), said: "Worldwide, young people want to be heard and participate. They have ideas, desire and energy to accelerate effective action to reduce inequality, poverty ... It is clear that the Millennium Development Goals are not met, if the youth will not be actively involved in the creation and planning of programs, if her voice will be heard, their needs will be met with understanding and their human rights are not respected. "

The rapid growth of the world's population was in the 60 years the subject of serious concern of the United Nations. The world's population from 1960 to 1999 more than doubled, passing in October 1999, a mark of 6 billion. Although growth rates have declined - from 2 percent to 1.3 percent in the period between 1969 and 1999 - the absolute growth rate is currently nearly 77 million people a year, with 95 percent of this increase accounted for by developing countries.

According to the United Nations in 2050 on the ground will stay on the 7.9 to 10.9 billion, and most likely - 9,3 billion, which depends to some extent on the effectiveness of family planning programs. For decades, the United Nations carries out its operational activities in many developing countries. As a result of fruitful cooperation between different organizational units are created by national statistical offices, conducted the census, compiled forecasts and disseminates reliable information. Statistical and methodological work of the United Nations Population Fund, particularly its authoritative estimates and projections of population size and dynamics of change, have paved the way for further research. This led to a substantial strengthening of national strategic planning framework that can incorporate demographic statistics in the context of development planning and to make informed decisions in the socio-economic area. Reports

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