Each year on July 11, the world observes World Population Day to spread awareness of urgency and importance of population issues among people. In the year 1989, this day was recognized by the then Governing Council and the United Nations to be observed as the World Population Day.
The theme for this year’s World Population Day is ‘Family planning is a human right’. In the International Conference on Human Rights of 1968, known as the Teheran Proclamation, stated, ‘Parents have a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children.’
To mark its 50th anniversary, people across the world are celebrating the day including Bangladesh.
When the world is celebrating this day in a festive manner, Bangladesh could not remove itself from such a celebration. The prime event of the day took place at the Osmani Memorial Hall in the capital around 11 am. Parliament Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury attended the event as the chief guest.