This year’s theme is “Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations”.

Access to safe, voluntary family planning is a human right. It is central to gender equality and women’s empowerment, and is a key factor in reducing poverty. Source UNFPA

World Population Day seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. It is an annual event by UN, observed every July 11.

The world population increases by 100 million approximately every 14 months. The current world population clocks: 7.5 Billion People. Source: worldometers

Countries in the world by population:

  1.  China – 1,388,367,588

2.  India – 1,342,872,732

3.   USA – 326,527,858

4.  Indonesia – 263,577,245

5.   Brazil – 211,281,535

6.   Pakistan – 196,838,537

7.  Nigeria – 191,947,824

The current population of Nigeria is 191,892,343 as of Monday, July 10, 2017, based on the latest United Nation estimates.

Nigeria population is equivalent to 2.55% of the total world population.

Nigeria ranks number 7 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

49.9% of the population is urban.

The median age in Nigeria is 18years. Source: worldometers

Nigeria population forecast to hit 210 million by 2021. Source: NPC of Nigeria

Nigeria, having failed to attain the Millennium Development Goals, should aspire to directly tackle many of the Sustainable Development Goals– in particular Goal 3 on health, Goal 4 on education and Goal 5 on gender equality. Some factors that could improve Nigeria’s ICPD Goals and Demographic Indicators include:

  1. Universal health coverage.
  2. universal basic education.
  3. Empowering families to voluntarily plan and have the number of children they desire and to avoid unwanted pregnancies.
  4. Preventing early marriage and obstetric fistulas.

 

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